Gallery: Top 10 beaches in Suffolk and north Essex
TripAdvisor reviewers may have snubbed Suffolk’s jagged coastline and the golden sands of Essex but we know differently.
From the picturesque Shingle Street to the lively, seaside resort of Clacton, this part of East Anglia has a beach for every occasion.
Here we share our top 10 - in no particular order.
This area of the Essex coast is relatively untouched, and overlooked by many.
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“Beautiful sand, sheltered bays to swim in, and free parking,” said Will Lodge, describing his favourite beach location.
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Reader Nicola Miller said: “It has to be the Enid Blyton- esque tiny Bawdsey Beach with its ferryboat trip to get there and windswept views. Classically English.
“And when it all gets too windswept, retire to the cafe, open in the Summer months for a lovely Bawdsey cup of tea.”
“I absolutely love the beach at Walberswick,” said features writer Charlotte Smith-Jarvis.
“The quaintness of the village as you enter. The wildness of the grassy dunes where kids love to jump off into the soft sand. And, of course, the prospect of catching crabs off one of the bridges with nothing but a bit of line and leftovers from the fridge.
“Whenever we go there it feels like we’re on holiday!”
“For those who want a bit more from a beach than crunchy sandwiches and a bone-chilling dip in the sea, Walton-on-the-Naze is well worth a look,” said Matt Gaw.
“With a large expanse of golden sand, which puts many of its Suffolk neighbours to shame, this seaside spot has everything a family could want in a day out.
“There is a café and museum in the Georgian lighthouse overlooking the car park and for those of a more nerdy disposition (myself included) the clays and sands exposed by erosion at the Naze are rammed full of fossils.”
“Felixstowe has good quality sand for castles near the water and further up the beach you can burrow your bottom into the stones and make yourself a comfortable nest from where you can look at the stones and collect interesting ones,” said Lynne Mortimer.
“Moreover, you don’t end up with sand in all your little places, clothes, towels etc.”
Felixstowe’s near neighbour, Landguard Point, is the top pick from East Suffolk editor Richard Cornwell
“Suffolk’s southernmost point is unbeatable for peace and quiet and some extraordinary and unexpected views across the nature reserve to Felixstowe port and to Harwich and Walton-on-the-Naze beyond.
“The supports of the old wooden jetty, projecting from a sandy beach at the peninsula’s point, is a great place to curl up undisturbed with a riveting read on a sunny day, with the lap of the waves and crying of gulls for company.”
Ali Crooks, a journalism student, said: “From school trips to weekend days out with the family, Southwold was always a place I looked forward to as a kid.
“The amount invested in sea defences has certainly been paid back in the experiences countless families have had there, including my own. I always had a soft spot for the sandy beaches of Southwold, in comparison to the stony shingle spit of Aldeburgh.
“The feeling of spotting the sea between the houses as we got nearer was exciting for any kid. The town also seemingly attracted the best ice-cream vans, which was a blessing on the countless scorching days I spent there. “
“Acres and acres of clean sand await you at Frinton,” said Natalie Sadler, digital editor.
“It is peaceful and serene with none of the usual seaside stands or amusements, at Frinton it is all about bucket and spade fun, relaxing and taking a dip in the sea - if you are brave enough.”
For Suffolk Coastal reporter Andrew Hirst, it is Aldeburgh that tops the best beaches list.
“It may be more shingle than sand, but the walk along the coast from Aldeburgh to Thorpeness, taking you past the iconic Scallop sculpture, is still a great way to enjoy an afternoon beside the sea.
“And with two fantastic fish and chip takeaways there are few nicer spots to enjoy the quintessential seaside snack.”
This jurassic-like beach is a far cry from the other tourist destinations along the coastline, it offers a stunning coast line and peace and solitude.
One of Suffolk’s true beauty spots and well worth a visit.