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Safety warning after cliff collapse takes out part of Norfolk Coast Path

PUBLISHED: 16:31 14 November 2020 | UPDATED: 09:52 15 November 2020

The remaining debris after two separate cliff falls happened along Happisburgh Beach  Picture: NEIL DIDSBURY

The remaining debris after two separate cliff falls happened along Happisburgh Beach Picture: NEIL DIDSBURY

NEIL DIDSBURY

Part of the Norfolk Coast Path at Happsisburgh has fallen into the sea.

The remaining debris after two separate cliff falls happened along Happisburgh Beach  Picture: NEIL DIDSBURYThe remaining debris after two separate cliff falls happened along Happisburgh Beach Picture: NEIL DIDSBURY

A chunk of land has fallen away from the cliffs in the field next to Happisburgh Lighthouse, about 200 metres south of the public car park in the village. And there has been another cliff fall along the same section of coast, much closer to the car park.

The land slip further south is believed to have happened last weekend, and has meant walkers following the coastal pathway between Happisburgh and Cart Gap have had to veer inland to avoid the damage.

Dave Mole, chairman of Happisburgh Parish Council, said they were not isolated incidents.

Mr Mole said: “With the wet weather and the tides, there have been little bits that have been falling down all along. It has been a very wet autumn and the land is saturated, so when the tides are high, the cliffs are weakened.

The remaining debris after two separate cliff falls happened along Happisburgh Beach  Picture: NEIL DIDSBURYThe remaining debris after two separate cliff falls happened along Happisburgh Beach Picture: NEIL DIDSBURY

“The cliffs are eroding all the way along the Norfolk and Suffolk coast, and when the weather is wet and tides are up, people should be aware.”

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Pete Revell, rescue officer from the Coastguard’s Bacton team, said he had not yet inspected that particular cliff fall, but said it was not an uncommon occurrence after periods of heavy rain.

He said the region’s cliff faces could be particularly vulnerable to further falls this weekend, with rain forecast and high, spring tides expected.

Mr Revell said the best advice was to stay away.

The remaining debris after two separate cliff falls happened along Happisburgh Beach  Picture: NEIL DIDSBURYThe remaining debris after two separate cliff falls happened along Happisburgh Beach Picture: NEIL DIDSBURY

He said: “Don’t go close to the edge of the cliffs, and don’t walk close to the bottom of the cliffs.”

Under the current coastal defence measures, it is believed that 25-30 properties as well as 45ha of agricultural land could be lost to erosion at Happisburgh by the year 2105.

The remaining debris after two separate cliff falls happened along Happisburgh Beach  Picture: NEIL DIDSBURYThe remaining debris after two separate cliff falls happened along Happisburgh Beach Picture: NEIL DIDSBURY

The remaining debris after two separate cliff falls happened along Happisburgh Beach  Picture: NEIL DIDSBURYThe remaining debris after two separate cliff falls happened along Happisburgh Beach Picture: NEIL DIDSBURY

The remaining debris after two separate cliff falls happened along Happisburgh Beach  Picture: NEIL DIDSBURYThe remaining debris after two separate cliff falls happened along Happisburgh Beach Picture: NEIL DIDSBURY

The remaining debris after two separate cliff falls happened along Happisburgh Beach  Picture: NEIL DIDSBURYThe remaining debris after two separate cliff falls happened along Happisburgh Beach Picture: NEIL DIDSBURY


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