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Few things are better for lifting the spirits and clearing your mind than spending time in the countryside. Fresh air, beautiful scenery, exercise and a slower pace of life – what’s not to love? In the UK we are spoilt for choice with our richly diverse landscapes, but one area that sees visitors returning year after year is the Essex Sunshine Coast, part of the gorgeous Tendring Peninsula.
Picturesque seaside towns, historic villages, miles of Blue Flag beaches and plenty of inexpensive fun activities ensure that whatever kind of holiday you’re looking for, you’ll be more than satisfied. This attractive area is particularly well-known for its wildlife, making it popular not just with beachgoers and sailors, but also birdwatchers and families.
A wild network of mudflats, saltmarsh and creeks that form the Hamford Water National Nature Reserve. Writer Arthur Ransome loved to holiday here, and his experiences inspired several of his most beloved novels. It’s said that Horsey Island, in the Walton Channel, was renamed Swallow Island in his classic novel “Swallows and Amazons.” You can see Little terns, Brent Geese, wildfowl and waders around the Walton Backwaters, but perhaps the main attraction is the colony of seals that make their home in the wetlands.
Something of a hidden gem, Skipper’s Island can only be reached by prior arrangement with the Essex Wildlife Trust. The island lies just off the mainland, surrounded by salt marsh, and must be accessed by boat. For those prepared to make the journey, Skippers’s Island rewards you tenfold. The idyllic environment provides protected habitat for many species of birds including Barn Owls, warblers and Oystercatchers. Summer months are the best time to visit and be sure to bring a pair of binoculars and a pair of wellies.
Perhaps the nicest thing about this lovely seaside resort is that it has a completely non-commercial atmosphere. No loud beach bars, no busy fast-food restaurants – just a peaceful, family-friendly stretch of sand where you can take a dip in the sea, build sandcastles or have a chat with the locals sitting outside their beach huts.
The perfect base for discovering the natural beauty of the Essex Sunshine Coast is nearby Elm Farm Country Park, one of our 5-star Luxury Lodge holiday parks. Close to London, and set within 22 acres of parkland, this is just the place to relax at the end of the day. Enjoy discounted packages at the adjacent Lifehouse Spa, soak up the scenery from a private outdoor hot tub, or just unwind on a comfortable sofa with a movie and a bottle of wine.
Luxury lodges such as these are so popular because unlike more traditional holiday parks where everything on-site costs extra, you can prepare your own meals and find a wealth of great-value activities in the surrounding area. With the stunning Essex countryside right on your doorstep, you’ll never be short of inspiration.
If this sounds like your kind of holiday, book your Essex Sunshine Coast getaway today!Back to news