The Ranty Highwayman)
MONDAY, 15 AUGUST 2016
IN THIS WEEK’S BLOG, I LOOK AT A LITTLE HIGH STREET WHICH HAS MADE EXTENSIVE USE OF CONTINUOUS FOOTWAYS AND IT SERVES TO REMIND US THAT NEW IDEAS ARE RARELY NEW.
Walton-on-the-Naze is in the far north-east corner of Essex and as is characterised by this part of the country, the town (with nearby Frinton-on-Sea) is almost on a peninsula because of the network of watercourses and marshes around it. It’s very much at the end of the line as far as rail and road go and so it’s perhaps not as popular (in tourist destination terms) as Clacton-on-Sea and Southend-on-Sea. But, it’s a pretty little town, with a great beach for kids and being compact, it is eminently walkable.
Anyway, the point of this blog post is to talk about the High Street in Walton. I have visited the town with my family on and off for some years (not for a few years though), but it was only this last weekend did I notice that the footways along the High Street are all continuous. I put it down to having sharpened my eye in the last few years, but it wasn’t until we had walked along most of the street that I noticed!