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Brightlingsea Beach

Brightlingsea, Essex

Once an important boat building centre, it is now a classic small South East beach resort with a paddling pool backed by a pleasant sandy beach and colouful beach huts. Those after a quiet day can take a short stroll in the beautiful surrounding countryside.

Beach Type



Toilets with disabled facilities; beach huts for hire and a cafe/shop is very close to the beach
An open air-swimming pool and boating lake are also available for use


There is zoning for water sports and also a children's paddling pool and playground
A half pipe and ramps for skate-boarders and roller-bladers

Nature and Wildlife

Adjacent to the beach is a pathway with grazing marsh on one side and the sea the other. Skylarks can be heard singing and dragonflies dart over the marsh. Redshank and Lapwing can often be seen on the grassland areas. The pathway is part of a local natur

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

The beach is cleaned daily in the summer and bins are only present during the season.


Dogs are not allowed on the beach from May - September.

Awards and Recommendations

Blue Flag Beach

Tourist Information

Clacton Tourist Information Centre. Pier Avenue. Clacton-on-Sea. Essex. Tel: 01255 423400


Nearest town: Brightlingsea
County: Essex
Latitude/Longitude: 51.805, 1.01199
Postcode: CO7 0HH
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

Explore more of the area around Brightlingsea, Essex at Explore Britain.


Take the A12 then follow the B1029. The beach is well signposted but tree growth may block the viewing of signs so keep your eyes open.

Public Transport

Buses to and from Colchester/Clacton. Brightlingsea on route.

Nearest Railway Stations

Alresford (Essex) (Approx. 3 miles away)
Great Bentley (Approx. 4 miles away)
Wivenhoe (Approx. 4 miles away)
Weeley (Approx. 6 miles away)
Hythe (Essex) (Approx. 6 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


Pay and display parking.

Nearby Car Parks

Western Promenade, Brightlingsea (Unknown stay).
About 0.1 miles away
Promenade Way, Brightlingsea (Unknown stay).
About 0.1 miles away
Oyster Tank Road, Brightlingsea (Unknown stay).
About 0.4 miles away
Tower Street, Brightlingsea (Long stay).
About 0.5 miles away
Victoria Place, Brightlingsea (Unknown stay).
About 0.6 miles away
High Street, Brightlingsea (Unknown stay).
About 0.8 miles away
Cudmore Grove Country Park, East Mersea (Unknown stay).
About 1.3 miles away
Old Tide Mill, St Osyth (Unknown stay).
About 2.4 miles away
Seaview Avenue, West Mersea (Unknown stay).
About 4 miles away
Victoria Esplanade, West Mersea (Unknown stay).
About 4.2 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Brightlingsea