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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

 

1- Southwold pier and town defences to Easton Broad

 

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Southwold looking elegant against a fine morning sky .. and even affording an excellent view over the groynes down the coast to Sizewell 'B' (dome) and 'A' (square block now being decommissioned) nuclear power stations.

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A sandy, if narrow, beach fronts the town to the south of the pier, which was already waiting for visitors .. and with a sculpture to admire!

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The town laid out in the morning sun ... again!

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Shoreline and townscape .. .with the famous and iconic  lighthouse.

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To the north of the pier lies the large pier car park, the last of the hard defences .. and the cliffs of Easton Bavents, complete with houses nearing their inevitable demolition.

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The famously expensive beach huts of Southwold, changing hands for anything up to 20,000, and now protected by new rock groynes and a reseeded beach.

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The rising tide is already making shoreline progress impossible; the new beach has been lowered!

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Comprehensive defence works at Southwold were completed in 2006 (see June 2006) including beach nourishment and rock groynes.

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Sheet piling protects the foot of the stepped and recurved sea wall, whilst a narrow shingle beach is protected by new rock groynes.

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The northern end of the sea wall has a jumble of tetrapods fronting a crumbling section of cliff.

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The ochre cliffs of Easton Bavents. On the left is some of the last of Mr Peter Boggis's bench of soil to protect the cliffs, which continue to erode with fresh falls, centre, and a further remnant of topsoil, right.

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The last house in Easton Lane, which approaches the cliffs almost at right angles, with debris on the beach from previous episodes.

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Easton cliffs have not been eroded, except for a little basal sculpting, by virtue of a lush growth of vegetation extending up to the free face. Almost there! The bicycle and its owner had come from at least Covehithe.

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Suffolk Southwold Pier Sizewell lighthouse Easton Bavents Covehithe Benacre Broad coasts erosion defences Peter Boggis home made cliffs sea wall tetrapods recurved rock armour rip rap groynes nuclear power station beach huts

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