About 20 miles from park
Brightlingsea, Colchester CO7 0HH
Lying at the mouth of the River Colne and offering lovely views out to sea towards Mersea Island, Brightlingsea Beach is a beautiful place to visit on the south east coast. Popular for its sandy beach which is lined with colourful huts, Brightlingsea used to be a notable fishing and shipbuilding area, but nowadays is more famous for yachting. There are local sailing and yachting clubs at Brightlingsea Harbour, as well as a boating lake, outdoor lido, skate park and playground along the promenade. Brightlingsea Beach has a Blue Flag award, considered the gold standard for beaches. It’s also recommended by the Marine Conservation Society for its five-star water quality. It has a pleasant, uncommercialised feel, perfect for enjoying yourself away from the crowds of a packed beach resort on a warm, sunny day. Whether you’re exploring the rich maritime history of the local area, visiting during an international sailing event or just relaxing in the sun and building sandcastles with your kids, you can also enjoy a lovely walk along one of the seawalls, spotting birds and wildlife as you go.
Brightlingsea is at the end of the B1029, which heads south to the coast from the A120. You can you use this to drive to junction 29 of the A12 in around 20 minutes, while it’s best to stick to the B roads to reach the centre of Colchester, which is a similar journey from the beach. Colchester is only a 45-minute train ride from London Liverpool Street, while the easiest way to get from the centre of town to the beach is to jump on the number 62 bus. This usually takes around 40 to 50 minutes.
Whilst you wait... just think about being in your swimmers, the sun's out and the smiles are big