Walton-on-the-Naze is a small resort town in Essex, south of the port of Harwich.

The Naze is a headland or peninsula north of the town.

The nearby Hanford Water is the setting for Secret Water. When Roger says It’s a very secret place Titty says Secret Water .... Lets call it that (SW3).”

Christina Hardyment wrote that Arthur Ransome spent a night on Hamford Water on board the Nancy Blackett in 1936 (CFT p112)

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