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Stairway to Nowhere

I went out to Happisburgh and Sea Palling over the weekend. This is the metal staircase that used to give access to the beach from the old car park. A notice says that the staircase has been closed due to further land slips. There used to be a walkway connecting the top of the staircase to the top of the cliffs -- but now the stairs are left standing on the beach with no way on or off.

 

Happisburgh's really changed with the work on the sea defences. The old car park has closed (although the signs still point to it). The new car park is partially opened -- it's currently free, but pay-n-display machines, and toilets, are coming later in the year. The entrance to the new car park isn't yet very well signed -- it's off Beach Road on the right, a little further toward the cliffs than turning on the left for the access road to the old car park.

 

On the beach many of the old sea defences have been removed. Instead, a new arc of boulders runs from near the old staircase around to the new access ramp.

 

Canon 5d Mark 2

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This is a combination of 4 images taken quite close to the stairs.

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Taken on April 1, 2012