The Geography Department




October 30 2003

Walton-on-the-Naze  1998


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The area near the tourist signs, at the top of the cliff steps, has been fenced off for some time, but now the recession has been working back towards the steps themselves, and is now just 4-5 metres away!

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Views of the first embayment of the unmanaged section of Walton cliffs. Although there have been no significant fresh falls, the slump continues to move towards the beach, which increases the size of the exposed free face.

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With plenty of  moisture, from rainfall and cliff drainage of the lad behind, mudflows normally take hold in the clay layers of the cliff. Surface water can be seen on the left



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The slump, with both rotational and more mobile mudflow elements, move towards the beach and constantly changes its morphology.


The fault lines in the slump are hidden by the rapid growth of vegetation.


The mudflows reach the beach as a lobe of mobile runny material, which will be removed by successive high tides.


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The rip rap at the northern end of the managed coastline protect the steps on to the beach, although at higher tide states the steps are under water. The right-hand photo shows how the first embayment is flanking the defences and will, if unchecked, cut the footpath to the shore.

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Rip rap and driftwood (late 1990's) and pill-box from the 1940's



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A prominent result of the slumping process and its removal from the beach, is the steadily increasing height of the cliff's backwall, its free face. Here newly-exposed sands indicate a recent slump.


The slump lobe reaches the beach, and is further extended by streamflow.



Rip-rap gives way to slumping  on Walton beach.

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Three views of rotational slumping. Vegetation continues to grow until the moisture runs out, helping hold the block relatively intact as it glides towards the beach over the coming months!

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This free face, abutting the mown path to the tower, has vegetation at its foot ... as a small stream issues from the sandy layers.


Concrete emplacement gun mounts, and a pillbox in the rear, are good markers of historical recession of the cliffs.


The sandy layers here display signs of having been distorted by ice.

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Slump on the beach, and the two 1940's pillboxes.