An ode to the coast

Not only is Essex’s coastline the longest of any county in England, but over 70% of the county also remains rural – no wonder renowned poet Dr John Cooper Clarke is calling it ‘God’s own county’ 

The star, best known for his punk poetry and work with music stars including The Clash, Plan B, Arctic Monkeys and Elvis Costello, lives here in Essex. He’s teamed up with The National Trust to encourage everyone to enjoy the UK coast this summer by creating a new poem, the Nation’s Ode to the Coast.  

Clarke has created the first verses of the poem and you can help him finish it by sharing your memories and love of the UK coast using #lovethecoast.

If you want to be inspired and find more ways to enjoy the Essex coast, why not download a copy of the Rough Guide Make The Most of the Discovery Coast or order your hard copy online.

The book  takes you on a tour of over 350 miles of golden beaches, mysterious creeks and remote inlets, its history and wildlife. The Essex coast also has 35 islands, more islands than any other English county. Whilst exploring the Discovery Coast, stop to pause and admire the must-see sights, experience the best activities and join in the most colourful events.

For more inspirational ideas for days out on the Discovery Coast visit our website.

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