Published: 28/11/2016
ISBN: 9781785892578
Format: Paperback

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Peter Caton was born in 1960 and has always lived in Upminster, Essex. He is married with two children. After training as a polymer chemist, he set up his own business testing and manufacturing adhes... read more

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50 Walks on the Essex Coast
by Peter Caton

A walking guide describing 50 walks along the Essex coast, the longest coastline of any English county.

Peter Caton discovered the wonderful Essex coastline as he narrated his journey along its whole length, writing Essex Coast Walk (Matador, 2009). He now describes walks covering the entire publicly accessible coast, helping others to follow in his footsteps. Detailed route instructions are provided, along with high-quality maps, while background information and colour photos add context and interest.

Following rivers, creeks and open sea, on paths, tracks and promenades, often with circuits completed across countryside, the walking and views are varied. There is much history and wildlife to be seen as the walker discovers picturesque villages, smugglers’ haunts, nature reserves and little-known gems along the coast.

Walks range from 2 to 15 miles, with most having different length options, plus the possibility of linking adjoining routes. Produced in full colour, 50 Walks on the Essex Coast is an invitation for serious ramblers, or those looking for just an afternoon stroll, to discover the hidden magic of the Essex coast.

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Peter Caton's first book, Essex Coast Walk, was published in June 2009. This describes a series of walks along the full length of the Essex coast, with much information on the people, places, history and wildlife encountered on the way. The book was reprinted in November 2009 and continues to sell steadily. A narrative not a guide book, Essex Coast Walk is an easy read, with gentle humour to match the coastline's gentle beauty, and has been appreciated both by people with an interest in the county and by those who just enjoy a good interesting read.

Peter's next book No Boat Required - Exploring Tidal Islands was published in summer 2011. This book describes Peter's visits to the 43 tidal islands which can be walked to from the UK mainland. It includes tales of travelling to the islands - some easy, some less so, information on the islands' history and wildlife, plus many interesting and amusing stories discovered on the way.

Peter's third book Stand Up Sit Down - A Choice to Watch Football was published in June 2012. This chronicles his visits to the 23 English Football League grounds that still have terraces and examines the arguments for and against the choice to stand at football.

In his fourth book, The Next Station Stop - Fifty Years by Train, which will be published in August 2013, Peter revisits locations of childhood holidays on a 10,000 mile tour of Britain, discovering what it’s like to travel on our modern railways and comparing experiences with train journeys made over the last fifty years.

He has just started his fifth book - walking the Suffolk Coast.

South East Walker

Clacton and Finton Gazette

I wanted to give this book 5 stars as soon as I learned of its existence. I only found about it by chance; receiving a reply from the author himself regarding my review for No Boat Required. As I love the Essex coastline a great deal (I have walked its entire length by the way) and occasionally re-visit/re-walk parts of it too, this book was something I could never refuse. In it, we have 50 walks covering virtually every part of the coastline accessible to the public; be it resorts; creeks; estuaries, and small villages/ports. It has been written like an ordinary guide book (turn left here. After half a mile, turn right there etc---). Thankfully, a little bit of info/history of many of the landmarks you may come across/see on every walk is included; all printed in a nice blue coloured ink to make it stand out. There is a small extract of a real Ordnance Survey map at the start of each walk, showing what route to take, and colour photos galore. Walks vary from 2 - 15 miles and at least a few of those will be suitable for everyone; be it families; solo walkers like myself; or day trippers; and there are longer walks for the more serious hiker, such as walk 28, the 15 mile Bradwell - Burnham-on- Crouch one for example. Many of the walks described are circular and there is a little bit of info on public transport / refreshments /toilets etc--(even tells you where to park too.)
This book has shown me walking routes that I wouldn't have thought of, and cos of it, I now plan to re visit quite a few of those paths and places I last walked on when I was finishing off my trek along the county's coastline back in 2010 - 11.

by James D


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