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North Norfolk    Mundesley  to Overstrand  1999

 

North Norfolk and Happisburgh Index

 

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The coastal setting and its erosion problems

 

On this page are some images to accompany the SCAA optional assessment materials for the end of Key Stage Three. 

 

Photos taken in August 1998

 

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The problem along this stretch of coast is that it is attacked and eroded by high-energy waves. Even in summer, towering seas from the north-east bear down on sea defences.

 

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The aftermath of the above storm was a day of big waves and the beach, here in Mundesley, is covered by wind-blown froth (spume).

 

Taken at GR 317367

 

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A coast of soft clays and sands will slump readily under wave attack of its base. Despite revetments the coast is being eroded, and slumping is more or less (as here) active. 

 

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Trimingham landslip

 

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The end of the road at GR 282388 looking North-West

 

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The landslip at Overstrand

 

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The road that was breached by the landslip at Overstrand in 1994, was a similar half-loop shape as that broken at Trimingham (above). This view, at GR 252408, looking North-West, shows the footpath connecting the remains of the road to the main part of the village. 

 

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The landslip had been cleaned up and re-engineered by 1998, with a gate at the head of a new road leading to the undercliff at Overstrand, the scene of the coast defence works which following photos illustrate. The house on the skyline is a good marker for locating the extent of the slip.

 

GR 253407 looking South-East

 

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The steep service road to the undercliff construction area, the graded landslip and house on the skyline.

 

GR 253408 looking South-East.

 

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The newly-graded slope of the landslip at Overstrand.

 

Taken at 254407 looking South.

 

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The foot of the graded slope, where rock armour, or rip-rap, has been placed to protect the toe of the slip. There appear to be drainage lies on the graded slope, and in front of the toe defences are revetments.

 

Taken at 254407 looking South-East.

 

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Taken at GR 253408 looking South-East. This shows the rock armour in the distance, and renewed revetments next to a sea wall. The lowered state of the beach is clear in this photograph.

 

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Taken at GR 253408 looking South-East. The new revetments are protected by sheet-steel piling, at least at their northern end. 

 

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streetmap of Overstrand

 

 

 

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Taken at GR 253408 looking South-East. Here a length of sea wall is being renewed, a hard-point in the coastal defences, which have wooden revetments to both north and south.

 

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Revetments at Overstrand, with Cromer pier in the background. The sea has removed all sand from this beach, leaving an unattractive lagoon-filled area of stones, backed by the exposed steel piling of the wooden revetments. A case for urgent beach nourishment!

 

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A groyne from the top of the cliff in the evening. The line of revetments can be seen, and access points to the beach. The beach is higher on the northern side of the groyne and is quite wide here.

 

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Mr. & Mrs. Kinsey's Cottage, on the half-moon shaped road in Overstrand, now breached by the landslip.

 

Taken at 254404 looking North-West

 

800NNKinsey.jpg (105228 bytes)  Location 3.

 

 

 

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The house of Miss Younger, according to the KS3 supplied map! The house of Mr. Singh is just to the other side of this residential cul-de-sac, but impossible to photograph due to a high hedge!

 

Taken at 281387 looking North-East.

 

800NNYounger.jpg (114910 bytes)  Location 5/6.

 

 

 

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At the end of this lane, marked by the houses and greener, was supposed to be a smallholding. After nearly leaving my exhaust in the ruts I can say 'no' to this one. In this view; the cliffs and then the sea follow shortly beyond the skyline.

 

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The KS3 materials show, on the 1:25,000 map, that these quite new buildings, in the centre of Trimingham, are on the wrong side of the "Red Line". This line has been added to the 1:25000 map. Between it and the sea no new building is to be allowed!

 

Taken at 281387 looking North.

 

800NNRedlinejpg.jpg (103951 bytes)   streetmap of Trimingham

 

 

 

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A new site for housing, on the northern outskirts of Trimingham at GR 274389, with brand-new asphalt access and pavement.

 

Looking South-East.

 

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Building land shown on the map at GR 284386, on the South-Eastern outskirts of Trimingham, but with  a short and shortening connection with the sea! It is well inside the Red Line.

Looking South-East.

 

800NNBuilding.jpg (103824 bytes)  Location 4.

 

 

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A wide view of the slumping at Trimingham caravan park, with Mundesley in the distance.

 

800NNCaravansouth1.jpg (103318 bytes) Looking South-East.

 

 

 

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A zoomed view of the above, bringing out the cliff top land-use pattern, predominantly of tourism and residential. A dismantled railway line follows the line of the coast road to the South-West. Perhaps the line of the coast road when the sea takes the present one! Indeed the coast road has lost its 'B' designation, perhaps in anticipation!

 

GR 29438, looking South-East.

 

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Mundesley centre, with its green, coastguard building? and hotel. The sea is just to the right of the green.

 

800NNMundesley1.jpg (100319 bytes) GR 314368 looking North-East.

 

 Location 2.

 

 

 

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Access to the sea from the coast road, with a proliferation of signs.

 

GR 314368 looking North-East

 

800NNMundesleybeach.jpg (97977 bytes)   Location 2.

 

North Norfolk Trimingham Overstrand Mundesley coasts beaches loss defences groynes revetments landslips erosion leisure caravans settlement  waves storms  cliffs

 

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