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Felixstowe - Landguard Common, sea front & Cobbold's Point  14 Jul 2009

 

Felixstowe Ferry 10 Feb 2002

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Felixstowe- Landguard Point

Felixstowe - Landguard Common, Seafront & Cobbolds Point July 14 2009

Felixstowe sailings

 

The visitor's car park at Landguard Point was quiet early on  Tuesday morning, as were the shipping lanes. I spotted an area of docks development  in the centre of the centre shot.

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The ferry to Holland emerged from Harwich and stole upon n the tug along the deep-water channel.

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A truly ugly vessel!

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In the Haven waterway a jack-up rig with an excavator on board was dredging the floor of the channel.

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Container-handling gantries at Landguard, together with an awful lot of unused space, indicating business at the terminal is well down on previous visits .. see below.

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More of the containers and cranes ... and a container ship passing by in the right-hand shot!

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The container ship waited offshore for the ferry to leave, before passing by Landguard Point entering the port.

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A view of the container terminal is offered by the old fort earthworks on Landguard Common.

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Landguard Common and Landguard Point from the earthworks.

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More of Landguard Common from the earthworks.

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The new rock groynes stretch away to the north and the Town Beach and provide a much-changed vista.

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The rock armour divides the beach into sections and has certainly been necessary from a protection point of view. As a tourist amenity the abundance of such large quantities of rock might be another matter. Beach nourishment however, centre, is a decidedly temporary advantage and has been rapidly removed from the foreshore - centre photo.

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The groynes front a new or refurbished section of sea wall; the shingle promontory of Landguard Common to the rear.

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The beach has been made accessible to the promenade again by beach nourishment. Not the information plate on each structure; collect them all and plot them on a map!

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At a very low tide level most of the groyne is visible, including the fish-tail seaward end of the rock wall.

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The overall slope of the beach is quite steep and the fall of over 5 metres is impressive. Only timer will tell how much shingle and, more importantly, sand, will stay on this beach.

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Just to the north-east of the pier the old concrete groynes remain, centre and left, whilst further along this coast some additional rip-rap has been added to the defences ... just as Cobbold's Point is approached.

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Looking towards Cobbold's Point and its array of tetrapods, left and back to the south-west and the undercliff zone.

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Cobbold's Point can only really impress at low water as the tetrapods are submerged at most states of tide. If you walk through this forest of concrete and green slime, a charming little bay is the reward.

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A stroll across broken concrete defences brings up another promontory. Progress at even this low a tide was stopped by a disappearing beach beyond the promontory, with yet more tetrapods on show.

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Looking back to the south west and over Cobbold's Point, left, and to the north-east and Felixstowe Common and Bawdsey Manor, right.

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Felixstowe Landguard Common Cobbolds Point coasts defences hard erosion change beaches groynes sand defences tetrapods management  leisure

 

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