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Southwold to Kessingland via Easton Bavents and Covehithe  5 September 2009

 

 

Covehithe   June 2000

Covehithe   February 2002  rapid gullying and further cliff recession .. also a look at Benacre.

Covehithe   November 19 2004

 

Easton Bavents November  2004

Easton Bavents and North Southwold   June 2006

 

Easton Bavents, Southwold, Dunwich & Sizewell  December 2008

Southwold to Kessingland via Easton Bavents and Covehithe  5 September 2009

1 - Southwold pier and town defences to Mr Boggis' defences

2 - Easton cliffs and Broad to Covehithe Broad

3 - Covehithe cliffs to Benacre Broad and towards Kessingland - and back

 

3 -  Covehithe Cliffs to Benacre Broad and towards Kessingland

 

Covehithe cliffs

   
     

 

Access to the beach petered out beyond Covehithe Broad, as the high tide eased towards its maximum and covered the beach, centre and right.

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Although not part of an official footpath route, the cliff-top is walkable and gives views of the beach .. and of Covehithe church encases, as it is, within the mantle of a much larger and older ruin.

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The high cliffs of Covehithe, predominantly of fine sand. At this point the beach was inaccessible from above and the high tide had isolated a half-mile stretch. People were on the beach, but could not easily exit it.

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A lens of pebbles to the north of the roadway at Covehithe, left, and the beach below, which was reached by climbing down a steep gully.

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Further progress was stopped quite soon by the beach being lowered and the cliff leading to a bench of clay ...

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... that was being washed over quite vigorously by waves! Offshore is one of the two dozen vessels at anchor, swinging to the north and to the south with the changes in the tidal currents. Their number has grown to about 30 vessels, and they are full of oil, either being involved in oil transfers at sea (which idiots sanctioned that?) or sitting out lower oil prices in speculation of an upturn in the markets.

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Benacre Broad

 

 

The steep decent to the beach had to be reversed to continue northwards - to Benacre Broad, with its bird life and a hide.

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Benacre lagoon lies behind a long, if not wide, barrier beach ... and an iconic tree marker on the beach. Behind the tree, on this unspoiled coast, another oil tanker at anchor, riding out the markets for a higher price! If winter gales wrecks one, however, the coastline, and the British taxpayer will be massive losers.

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To the north of Benacre Broad lie the cliffs of Kessingland, that are lower than further south, and with the clay basement more exposed.

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One of my favourite discoveries from the walk was a number of clay coastal features, including a miniature sea arch, right.

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The return to Southwold

 

 

A short stretch of cliff separates Benacre Broad from the lowlands leading to Kessingland. Views towards Southwold are available, left and centre.

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An undermined tree blocks the beach, left, and the abraded remains of reeds resist removal, even at high tide, right.

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The beach was wholly accessible on the return southwards and had some surprises, such as the newly-created cliff step, centre, and the row of beet exposed by the eroded cliff, right. On the left is a jumble of fallen fragments of crag and fine sand.

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The extending beach at Easton Broad, left and the cliffs of Easton Bavents to the south. Lastly, right, the tetrapods of the defences at South warren ... most northerly of the Southwold defences.

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Suffolk  Easton Bavents Covehithe church Benacre Broad Kessingland coasts erosion beach features arch clay high tide  sand dunes cliffs  wildlife birds reserve Suffolk Southwold tetrapods

 

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