Full access to the coast from the last walk at Beaumont Key and Kirby-le Soken begins at Dovercourt, south of Harwich.
Further along it is worth walking nearer the road which rises above the seafront. A statue of Queen
Continuing towards Harwich there are two more lighthouses. The first is the low lighthouse near the seafront and, the second, the high lighthouse is a little more inland. Both lighthouses were built in 1818 and replaced earlier wooden structures. They were the leading lights into the harbour entrance but owing to the silting up of nearby Landguard Point they no longer guided ships safely and became known as ‘misleading lights’. They were replaced by the iron lighthouses at Dovercourt in 1863. The low lighthouse now contains a maritime museum. The high lighthouse was renovated in 1975 by the district council to commemorate European Architectural Heritage Year.
Mistley is an attractive place overlooking the River Stour. One of the significant landmarks is a Victorian Brewery with its malt houses. The Mistley Thorn pub is on the site of an older pub in which Matthew Hopkins, the Witchfinder General, tried and condemned dozens of local women to death in the 1600s. He was a resident of nearby Manningtree. Another landmark is a pair of 18th century towers near to the road. These were the legacy of an attempt to turn the town into a spa and are the remains of a church built there. Walking to the west out of Mistley is an attractive river side path. It was spring when I went and there were hundreds of mute swans on the river side.
Snaps show: the treadwheel crane, Harwich; The old lifeboat station, Harwich; the international port, Harwich; Mistley Towers; Queen Victoria statue, Dovercourt; Electric Palace cinema, Harwich; The Pier Hotel, Harwich; Trinity House, Harwich.