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Holderness Coast

 

Skipsea  April 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

 

 

 

At the end of the road from Skipsea the roadway south is still intact, if vulnerable! It is however, completely blocked off, as seen in the centre photo, towards the north.

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The lost road to Ulrome has been cut for more than a year, but the sea has taken further bites from its surface, and is in the process of outflanking the concrete plug defences at sea level.

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The erosion surfaces of the beach, cliff slope and cliff-top - with people and telephone poles for scale. The road has been blocked from the north, and at this roadblock can be seen the human debris of the sea's attrition. The sturdy concrete defences, best seen on the right-hand photo, were discovered breached later in the day - at they Ulrome end.

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The presence of storm-driven shingle, and now these sand-bags, atop the cliffs, is a testament to the fury of the sea at a stormy high tide. Beach level is at least 25' below!

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Returning to Skipsea after visiting Flamborough Head, we ventured down the Ulrome entrance to the coast road.  This time the road was motorable up to the roadblock. On the left are the distinctive circular cast-concrete defences, overwhelmed and with the elevated concrete washed out. On the right, and below, the low cliffs to the north, being actively eroded and behind a wide beach, well-worked  by the sea.

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