The Geography Department





Happisburgh  6 July 2007


North Norfolk and Happisburgh Index





The steel steps to the north beach are now under pressure, attracting a mini-defence of rip-rap. The digger in the distance appears to me further archaeological investigations - but I did not have the time to go and find out n this visit. To the south the desolation of the old lifeboat ramp is the starting point for a new course of rip-rap, behind the line of the defeated revetments.






It now appears to be the habit to insert rip-rap in any new breaks in the revetments, although the effectiveness of both defences is in question at high water.  Centre and right are two further shots of the area around the old lifeboat launch ramp.






Since my last visit, which was the last day of a rip-rap campaign to the south of the tearooms, there has been further reinforcement of the beach to the north. This substantial line of rip-rap can be seem behind the disintegrating revetments.







Some further shots of the new rip-rap - which shows the relationships of the cliffs and housing to the new defences.









The cliff-line has eroded some embayments , especially visible in the centre shot, but has not made inroads towards the tearooms in the manner I might have expected. The rapid loss of the promontory to the south, now devoid of its reinforcing steel pipes, may change this situation.




The promontory is being whittled away, with its protective steel piping now seen on the beach at a distance from the cliff.





An almost-continuous line of rip-rap now protects the promontory, and this defence now leads into the southern rip-rap defences.






I believe this line of rip-rap has been remodelled since it was installed; now being much nearer the cliff line.



The view back along Beach Road from the barrier.


The cliffs of what I shall now term 'Happisburgh Bay' .





A trio of shots of the cliff-failure slumps, with the rip-rap on the beach in the middle-ground and the artificial reefs of Sea Palling on the horizon.






Across 'Happisburgh Bay' to Cart Gap and Sea Palling.






Some sheet-wash marks a low spot in the field containing the lighthouse; the sandy soil does not need much invitation to flow away.


At the north of the bay further slumps cut the cliff-top footpath.



The ramp for the rip-rap trucks terminates 2 metres above the beach now, and is deeply entrenched with water-cut gullies. The central trench appears also to be a fault-line, so the whole section will probably slide shore-wards.



More slumping, as the cliff is undercut; and on the right and in the centre, marks the start of a deeper gully incursion into the field.






The Sahara from Space?

... no, just the blown sand crossing rivulets in 'Happisburgh Bay' .




Happisburgh has everything ....  why not keep it?


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North Norfolk and Happisburgh Index