The Essex Coast
Over 350 miles of Essex coast
One of the longest coastlines of any county in England, the Essex coast stretches for over 350 miles and consists of beautiful beaches, picturesque villages and many vibrant towns which all contribute to making it a popular place to live and visit.
In addition, the coast has an extremely high value for nature conservation with many sites of international importance for either the extensive saltmarsh and other intertidal habitats or for the wildlife that is supported by these.
Many significant historic features also remain along the coast including remnants of traditional industries such as salt making and fishing and historic grazing marshes.
The coast is also very important to the county’s economy, with not only tourism playing a very key role but also varied opportunities being presented by more traditional activities such as fishing and boat building as well as those in the growth sectors including those associated with the generation of offshore wind.
The coast also hosts key transport infrastructure including the key ports of Harwich, Tilbury and in the near future that of London Gateway Port, as well as Southend Airport.