The Geography Department






Happisburgh  1 Nov 2006


North Norfolk and Happisburgh Index





Retreat continues along the front by the car park; a gully works its way back on the left and in the centre can be seen the wasteland both at the top and the bottom of the cliffs. the prominent step below the crag has developed over recent months.

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These shots are all at low water, and can be compared with higher tide conditions in the shots which follow. The left and centre photos are of the remains of the lifeboat ramp; the right-hand shot is of the few elements of the revetments that remain and the inadequate rip-rap under pressure from a rising, and stormy sea.

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Scaffolding-pole' corner still holds out against the sea; a 'buried treasure' in more ways than one. Sea Palling's islands are on the horizon.







Returning just before 4pm the coast has been transformed into a maelstrom of grey and white - sweeping through the revetments (although not, even now, striking the cliff base) and  .....


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.... giving the old RNLI ramp a very hard time. Compare the hits made by regular waves with a 'big one'!

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The sea was this white because of the covering of froth created by the waves' violence!

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A the eastern end of Beach Road the peninsula defended by the scaffolding poles is still there - just. Erosion has slowly eaten back towards the housing, revealing more concrete drains, and the view to the lighthouse is a reference marker to the last bungalow.

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No regrets about posting so many rainbow shots, both here and below; each one a haunting reminder that, for Happisburgh, there is no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, whatever the rainbow indicates to the contrary.

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Even at low water the surf is starting to overtop the revetments (left), whilst the view along the cliff top shows continued active erosion, with turf being undermined and the face being covered by recent falls - not growths!

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Along the track to Whimpwell Green (left) and the failed northern flank of the Cart Gap defences appear.

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The difference a tide makes! The left and centre photos were taken about 11am. in the morning, the right hand photo at 4 in the afternoon. You can see the fall of debris as the Cart Gap defences are outflanked.

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Views over the embayments. north towards Happisburgh from Cart Gap, in the morning.

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By the afternoon, at high water, the light was failing and the sky was cloudy. However, the beach bulge is shown to advantage at this time, as it the general storminess in the very long shot on the right.

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Groynes at Cart Gap.

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Norfolk Happisburgh Beach Road  coast erosion defences neglect revetments rip rap groynes beaches lighthouse sea walls lifeboat station rainbow


North Norfolk and Happisburgh Index