The Geography Department





Happisburgh  12 March 2005

North Norfolk and Happisburgh Index





The beach beneath the remaining cliff-top properties is littered with the debris, mainly concrete, of recent falls.


Amongst this debris the frame from a revetment.


A tortured skeleton of eroded and twisted steel piling lies some way off from the more recent, and half-hearted, rip rap defences.

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Possibly the remnants of the well uncovered in the cliff face in my January pictures!


It is almost impossible to walk on uncluttered beach sand any more.


An incursion into the clay layer, etched out at high tide and undercutting the sands.

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A live cliff all, albeit not a large one, happened about 10 seconds previously!


A close-up of the fall, with sands obscuring a crinkled section of clay strata.


The littered beach, looking south from the cliff fall.

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The defences taking a battering, at low tide and with the wind from onshore, A freak wave doused me whilst taking the right hand picture!

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As the cliffs retreat, the old launching ramp is separated from the seaward end of its construction .. which is still relatively intact.


A close view of the launching ramp reveals utter destruction.


Much of the site of the last cliff top dwelling (on the road adjacent to the car park) had been cleared .. with a JCB still in waiting. Erosion here has been severe and recent.

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The roadway from the car park end has almost completely disappeared.


The crenulated cliff top, with the car park toilets (closed!) and vehicles involved in the last evacuation.


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Three views from the promontory in the garden on the last bungalow.

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Looking southwards, towards Cart Gap, and the artificial reefs of Sea Palling, you can see a flurry of sea and surf, and the ever-deepening embayment ... marked on the right by the protruding clay levels; the sand having been swept away. The sheet-piling at the northern end of Cart Gap has been outflanked as the bay extends southwards.

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Erosion of the field of rough grazing has been rapid, and the grass overhangs reveal the footpath ending abruptly some way forward of the latest incursions.

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A cliff-fall below the field of rough grazing and, even more alarming (on the right) the newly-trodden ploughed field has already lost the line of its embryo footpath.

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The final word!

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Norfolk Happisburgh Beach Road coast erosion gullying defences neglect revetments rip rap groynes beaches  lifeboat station access  weathering mass movement


North Norfolk and Happisburgh Index