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Felixstowe Front and Ferry   6 November 2007

 

Felixstowe Ferry 10 Feb 2002

Felixstowe Ferry July 2006

Felixstowe Ferry  February 2007

Felixstowe Front and Ferry November 2007 and 25 March 2008

Felixstowe Ferry 4 July 2008

Felixstowe Ferry 18 March 2009

 

Felixstowe Front 19/20 September 2008

Felixstowe Front 10 Feb 2002

Felixstowe- Landguard Point

 

 

 

Observation area at Landguard.

 

 

The panorama of the Stour and Orwell estuaries, with Felixstowe docks, right, panning through Shotley and on to Harwich, left.

 

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Felixstowe, the largest container port in the country, is always busy, as is the waterway that serves it. Even here, shingle is moved around by tide and current.

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Harwich

 

 

 

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Main beach north of the Leisure Centre

 

 

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Felixstowe Ferry area

 

     

 

The scene overlooking Felixstowe Ferry from the south, showing the protected pleasure beach (heavily eroded and groyned, and with little beach!) and the area abutting the golf course. A good car park provides convenient access to the area and these views.

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Since last visiting the area last the shingle has completely isolated the groynes from the open sea, and will, if present movements continue, smother the groynes completely. The lagoon might well serve as a lido?

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Views of the lagoon from the new shingle beach!

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The back-slope of the new shingle beach is sharply-angled towards the landward, and is marked by erosion gullies in the crevasse.

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A tombolo-shaped shingle spit is just about passable half an hour before low water.

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The northern-most shingle bar of the Deben attracting breakers. Behind the bar lies Bawdsey and its low cliffs ... providing all the shingle!

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Shingle has developed in front of the Felixstowe Ferry Martello Tower, in a similar fashion to the deposits further south.

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Rip rap has protected an erosion swipe on the south side of the Deben estuary, and shingle deposits have grown upstream (centre).

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The hard gneiss was not quarried easily, as testified by the numerous drill holes needed for splitting.

 

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Views of a rock groyne near the ferry, that has attracted shingle ... and the northern lagoon in front of the Ferry Martello Tower.

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A concrete mattress has been laid over the foreshore near the ferry.

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Fuel delivery at the ferry!

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Across the Deben in the winter sunshine; the low state of the tide can be seen from the centre shot of the northern bank of the ferry.

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At true low water, and in fading light, the 'tombolos' of shingle assume a more cuspate form; might they even join up to create yet more lagoons?

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March 25 2008

 

 

 

 

The beach at Bawdsey, on the northern side of the ferry, showed strand lines of seaweed in a biting north wind. Some old groynes still do a job, as do the concrete anti-tank defences, right.

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The Deben estuary was brown and choppy.

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Felixstowe  Bawdsey port  front coasts defences hard erosion change beaches groynes sand management sailing golf leisure shingle bars

 

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