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Hamford Water National Nature Reserve

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About Hamford Water National Nature Reserve

Hamford Water is a coastal bay on the Essex coast with habitats that include mudflats, marsh, and sands. The cliffs at Walton-on-the-Naze form one of the finest geological sites in Britain and for that reason are a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The coastal grasslands above the salt marshes also support one of Britain's rarest plants ' sea hog's fennel.



Attractions near Hamford Water National Nature Reserve

The Naze3.17km from Hamford Water National Nature Reserve

The Naze is a unique coastal landscape of outstanding geological and biological importance. As the most easterly peninsula in Essex it is an important site for migrating birds and boasts a number of different habitats, both terrestrial and marine. It is important for migrating birds and it has a small nature reserve.

Naze Tower3.57km from Hamford Water National Nature Reserve

The Naze Tower is an historic 86ft landmark dramatically situated on the cliffs at the Naze. Built by Trinity House in 1720 this octagonal navigation tower has played an important role in maritime history and is grade II* listed, as the only building of its type and era in the country. Today it offers visitors a unique experience of heritage and culture that is fun for all ages.

Walton-on-the-Naze Beach4.11km from Hamford Water National Nature Reserve

A beautiful white sand beach that is also home to the second-longest pier in Great Britain. As a bonus sand here is the perfect consistency for building sandcastles making it a popular choice with the kids. The beautiful Naze cliffs and national nature reserve provide the perfect opportunity for walking and bird watching.

Walton Pier4.26km from Hamford Water National Nature Reserve

The 3rd longest pier in the UK at over half a mile long, Walton Pier is by far the longest going out into the open sea. It is ideal for sea fishing and for so many other activities. The original 150ft pier was built at Walton-on-the-Naze in 1830, one of the earliest in the country, for landing goods and passengers on steamers to Walton, a very popular holiday destination.

Frinton Beach5.68km from Hamford Water National Nature Reserve

A beautiful and gently shelving sandy beach noted for its cleanliness and gentility, the area places special emphasis on the relaxed family fun at the seaside. Enjoy walks along the extensive greensward or take a short walk into the town center with its full range of shopping amenities. One of the ideal locations to relax and also you can have a bath here.

Harwich Redoubt Fort7.58km from Hamford Water National Nature Reserve

A majestic fort built in 1808 to defend the port of Harwich against a Napoleonic invasion.  It is 200 feet in diameter, is surrounded by a deep ditch and can only be entered by one removable drawbridge. Part of the fort is now used as a military museum and battle re-enactments and other events are held during the summer months.  The fort was restored by the Harwich Society as a voluntary project.

Where is Hamford Water National Nature Reserve

Discover more attractions in Essex, where Hamford Water National Nature Reserve is located

Essex74 attractions

Essex County boasts stunning water views. Essex is home to an ever-expanding network of trails and paths connecting parks teeming with wildlife and recreational opportunities. It was also blessed with wineries, distilleries, and dozens of historic tourist attractions.