We’ve taken a look at the highlights of North East England before, but we can’t ignore the gem of a county that lies a little to the south of that. Essex is a county that’s famous for a lot more than pumping out reality TV stars and its nightlife. Here, we’re going to look at some of the most picturesque parts of the county worth seeing.
Sun, sea, and sand
The eastern coast has no shortage of gorgeous coasts, but the sheer variety and wealth of beautiful beaches in Essex can help you really make the best of the southern Summer of the area. There are plenty of them, some, like Southend-on-Sea more popular amongst families, but also relatively crowded in the summer, while Dovercourt is a lot calmer and better for family walks out and those who like a great view, especially with its lighthouse sitting out on the sea, easily one of the most photogenic sights along the Essex coastline.
The country parks throughout
If you want the best of idyllic country living, with the gorgeous surroundings matched with the luxuries of high-quality lodgings, then there are country parks that provide all of that. As well as places to choose for your staycation, there are those like Colchester Country Park, a series of lodges for sale in Essex with a wide range of amenities, dog walks, play parks, caravan pitches, tent pitches, and more. You could own your very own slice of Essex countryside to visit as much as you like.
The landscape that Constable saw
John Constable is one of Essex’s most famous exports, largely due to how lovingly he recreated and represented parts of the county. However, when you visit areas like Dedham, even for a short experience, you can see just how faithful those recreations were, as well. A lush area settled around a river, dotted with a scattering of country houses (some of which can be rented), it’s easy to see how a painter could be so inspired by his environment. Definitely worth taking a boat tour down the River Stour to get the full experience of the area.
A picture of traditional England
If you ever feel like the quaintness of traditional English life is becoming harder to find in a modern world, then the district of Braintree and its four market towns might be just the thing for you. Littered with National Trust sites, home to the nostalgic Colne Valley Railway, and with no shortage of historic gems, such as Cressing Temple, which has some buildings surviving from periods as old as the 12th century. While no place can stand the test of time forever, a trip of Braintree can feel like setting foot in a landscape long passed.
Essex is a treasure trove of beautiful environments, landmarks, and towns, each of them worth coming back to time and time again. The above recommendations are just the start. Feel free to get exploring and you’ll be sure to find some favourites of your own.