Seal watching in Arthur Ransome’s ‘Secret Water’

Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex

Explore Walton’s ‘Secret Water’, the setting for Arthur Ransome’s ‘Swallows and Amazons’ book.

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Experience two hours of seal watching in the Walton Backwater under the guidance of an experienced boatman and naturalist.

During your trip, you will encounter common and grey seals, plus many other rare and beautiful birds and wildlife that live with the Hamford Water Nature Reserve.  The best way to see the seals is to take a trip on Tony Haggis’s boat Karina which can be booked in the summer months. Why not also go on one of their evening trips and you may encounter an enchanting Walton sunset.

While you are in the area why not go fossil hunting on the cliffs at Walton-on-the-Naze? They form one of the finest geological sites in Britain and for that reason are a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). At the base of the cliffs is London Clay which is 54 million years old and it is overlaid with a sandy deposit called Red Crag (2 Million years old). This sandy deposit contains a large number of fossils including shells, sharks teeth and bird skeletons.

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