The Geography Department


Walton-on-the-Naze    1998


Walton-on-the-Naze  1998


Walton-on-the-Naze  July 30 2001

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Walton-on-the-Naze  January 1 2002

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Walton-on-the-Naze  May 26 2002

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Walton-on-the-Naze  January 6 2003

Walton-on-the-Naze  October 30 2003


Walton-on-the-Naze  January 18 2004

Walton-on-the-Naze  June 5 2004 Naze Tower

Walton-on-the-Naze  June 5 2004

Walton-on-the-Naze  November 3 2004


Walton-on-the-Naze  February 2005

Walton-on-the-Naze  May 29 2005

Walton-on-the-Naze  July 2005

Walton-on-the-Naze  November  2005


Walton-on-the-Naze  February 2006

Walton-on-the-Naze  September 2006


Walton-on-the-Naze  February 2007

Walton-on-the-Naze  May 2007


'Save the Naze for Future Days '

links to local groups fighting to save the coastline at Walton


Saving the Naze - slogan above - the news and a full set of links!

The Naze Protection Society - seagull logo above! - very good on erosion history.

NAZE NEWS Digest of stories - past and present - including new revetment plan!


These photographs represent some images from 1998, which can be compared with views from more recent photographs. 



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This photograph was taken from beach level. The Naze tower can be seen behind the toe of a rotational slump, which runs the full height of the cliff. The beach here has suffered rapid lowering, leaving the slump toe vulnerable to wave attack at high tide. Low cliffs have been formed from the debris runs and typify this area, the first embayment of natural cliffs to the north of the last groyne, a sturdy A-framed, boulder-cored, affair.

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The Naze tower stands every-nearer the cliff-top, which is undercutting and destroying a concrete roadway. Its remains can be seen below the sheer face, perched on the side of a grassy rotational slump. In imminent danger is a brick information pillar.

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Below the rotational slump, from a viewpoint approximately half way down the cliffs on a man-made bench. However, not only is the cliff retreating inland, in the direction of the tower and cliff-top cafe, but also to the south, into an area of protected and managed coastline, posing a medium-term threat to a line of concrete steps.

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The slumping process is much aided by the presence of water, which lubricates the sliding action. Here it is trapped in a clay pocket and is nourishing verdant vegetation at a level across the slump. In winter the weight of the water, and the lubrication it offers the sliding layers, leads not only to slumps, but even mud-flows


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The Naze is a SSSI, designated for its unique geological stratigraphy, which is available for inspection as it is always being actively eroded. As such it is a focus of student visits, as well as numerous school groups of all ages. 


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The first embayment north of the A-frame breakwater is receding rapidly, in contrast to the land south, which is protected by groynes, concrete sea walls, and graded and drained seaward slopes.


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