Erosion and sea defences - Happisburgh, Norfolk, UK
This beach almost rivals Dungeness for general strangeness! I visited on a relatively calm day, but the waves were still pretty huge, and this part of the coast is clearly losing its battle against erosion. The pile of concrete on the right is the remains of a lifeboat slip, which finally succumbed to the sea and collapsed in 2001. On the clifftop, there is now a 'road to nowhere' which abruptly stops and turns into a sheer cliff.
There are also some houses teetering on the edge of the cliff, and from what I understand, a whole road of houses has been swallowed up by the sea in the past decade.
To the left, are the remains of wooden groynes and revetments, which have now mostly collapsed, and are pretty ineffectual as sea defences. There is also a pillbox on this beach, which is buried almost up to its roof. I'm assuming that it was originally sited on top of the cliff.
Access to the beach is through a rickety 'fire escape' style flight of steps, but I can't help wondering how long it will be before that succumbs to the sea too.
Can anyone who lives locally tell me anything about the 'camp' type arrangement next to the carpark? It consists of a ramshackle collection of caravans and old vehicles, and lots of big 'keep out' signs! I'm very intrigued as to who it belongs to, and how it's used?