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Mapplelton  April 1 & 2 2008

 

Holderness Coast  March 27 2002

 

Aldbrough April 2 2008

Great Cowden April 2 2008

Mapplelton April 1 & 2 2008

Skipsea April 1 2008

 

 

Flamborough Head  (Selwicks Bay) 1 April 2008

 

 

 

 

From the car park at Mappleton, the coastline of boulder clay looks unchanged from six years previously - despite having retreated some metres no doubt! More permanent  are the graded sloped to the north of the beach access track, and the rock groyne and rip rap that has led to the widened beach at Mappleton. Compared with 2002, the beach is about the same depth on both sides of the groyne.

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Beach furniture and signs at the entrance to the beach. The M.O.D. warn of going down the ramp to the north and the chance of finding ordnance on the beach.

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The ramp to the south has, despite MOD warnings, attracted fishermen! Centre, the plaque at the top of the track, commemorating the openings of the new defences.

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Colourful rip-rap protects the base of the graded slope to  the north of the large rock groyne. At this point the line of rocks is pushed seawards and has been swallowed up by beach deposits; a movement probably caused by mass-movement from a slope failure.

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Slope failure continues, albeit not massively, and pushes down on the rip rap and is, in turn gullied ... that crosses the pathway along the coast on the right.

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This scene shows the smaller breakwater at Mapplelton, the line of isolated rip-rap, and an area of reeds growing in a very wet area of the slope, doubtless of draining landwater.

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The top of the ramp to the groyne and beach, with Cliff Road and the church inland of the B1242 road.

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Cliff Road again, with its refreshed footway black in the morning sun, and now with coastal 'horseyculture' occupying the field next to the car park!

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Mappleton church looking beautiful in a spring setting. The 'bend in the road' leading to the north (and still the closest the road gets to the cliff top) and the men resurfacing the footways. This is a community that has been stabilised by the groynes!

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