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Published: 30/06/2009
ISBN: 9781848761162
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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Essex Coast Walk
by Peter Caton

When Peter Caton set out to walk the Essex coast he had no idea of the beauty, wildlife and stories that he would find on the way. He takes the reader up and down the many creeks and estuaries of the longest coastline of any English county, through nature reserves, seaside resorts, unspoilt villages, sailing centres and alongside industry past and present. On the way we read of tales of witchcraft, ghosts, smuggling, bigamy and incest. We learn of the county’s varied history - stories of battles with Vikings, of invading Romans bringing elephants, a fort where the only casualty occurred in a cricket match, burning Zeppelins and of Jack the Ripper.

Whilst a narrative, not a guidebook, Essex Coast Walk contains a wealth of information, including many little-known facts and stories. With gentle humour to match the coastline’s gentle beauty, and illustrated with photographs and maps, the book makes for easy reading.

It tells of the solitude of the most remote coastal areas in England and of the huge range of wildlife to be found here. In contrast we read of the docks and industry of the Thames, but find that even here there is beauty for those willing to look.

The book highlights how climate change may alter our coast and looks at new methods of coping with rising sea levels. It tells us how tiny settlements grew into large holiday resorts and how other villages have remained as unspoilt and isolated communities.

The author’s thought provoking final reflections consider how the coast has changed over the centuries and what its future may be.

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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.

http://www.petercatonbooks.co.uk

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(September 2009)

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