The North Norfolk Coast……

It can be bleak, windy and rough, exposed to the winds and ravages of the North Sea and over the centuries this coastline has seen and continues to endure much change. 

On a calm summers day the beach at Wells next the Sea appears to give a lie to that, appearing to be idyllic….in fact just like the Riviera….

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In true Mediterranean style the beach is flanked by Pine Woodland providing, sheltered picnic spots and woodland walks add to the charm of the beach. But like the pampas gasses of the Dunes it is on a very soft foundation of sand.


Norfolk 5_915Coast Norfolk The Beach also forms part of ‘Peddars Way’ Norfolk’s long distance Coastal path, even though it can look much like a Sahara waddie on a hot  English summers day…..

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Norfolk 5_924Coast Norfolk

It is an enormous stretch of sand, ideal for play and relaxing……even Carla enjoys a break in the Dunes…

But looks can be deceptive as the sea in these parts is shallow and the tide can turn quickly and soon rushes in to cover the beaches

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More traditional resorts also add to Norfolk’s Tourist attractions for those in search of entertainments.  At Cromer they old Victorian Pier is still a prominent feature of the promenade…….

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But on this windy day it was not enticing many to take a stroll over the sea.  But in the evening the Theatre at the far end of the pier was playing host to ‘Seaside Special’  promising fun and laughter for all….

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Norfolk 5_823Coast Norfolk

Much of this northern coastline is, as mentioned in earlier posts, mud flats and saltmarshes.  the old harbours and ports of centuries gone by are now mecca’s for yachtsmen, fishermen and other lovers of small boats.  Here at Brancaster Staithes you can get a flavour of those times from the Old Harbour Cottages that once graced the harbour wall….

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A closer look reveals some grand design style in brick and flint….substantial buildings of some status in their day

When the tide is out it becomes a great place to dig for bait….

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The harbour channel and dock is well silted, requires regular dredging but still provides a base for at least two commercial inshore fishing boats……

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So here are a few more tasters of this part of Norfolk’s Coast and forgotten harbours now a play ground for boaters…..

Crab and Lobster form the main catch for local fishermen….but crabs are also well sought after by youngsters with lines dangled from the harbour walls.  So it is nice to see that the welfare of these small crabs is noted…..

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Like most of Norfolk’s visitors the Gilly Crab wants to return for years to come.


Watch out for the last post from this short tour of Norfolk  – we will take a look a ‘flints’, sea cliffs and some old buildings..may be tomorrow.

25th June.

© David Oakes 2013

(Due to none available internet signal not posted till 3rd July)

North Norfolk…The Coast

We are still in Norfolk enjoying a break and dodging some very changeable weather.  For those readers from overseas let me explain that Norfolk is one of the larger counties of England. Look at a map of the U.K. and Norfolk is the bulge on the east coast, just below the Wash that juts out into the North Sea. 

Most people describe Norfolk as flat county and apart from a narrow ‘bumpy’ strip just inland from the coast (of which there will be more in another post) it very much is flat.  On the inland side it is the a country known as the Fens, once very much underwater, now a rich arable fruit, vegetable and cereal farming region…one of the ‘Bread Baskets’ of England.

To the North and East we have the coast, a coast that over the centuries has suffered from the ravages of the winds and the sea. The sea and winds have continually eaten into the land mass, eroding parts but, sinking villages collapsing cliffs and depositing the stones, sand and silt further along the coast which over time has changed the local landscape and creating Salt Marshes.


Morston Creek

There are several villages lost forever but others have just had to adapt. Take the villages of Morston, Blakeney and Cley, once busy harbours on the coast. But all that has changed.  The Salt Marshes created by these silt deposits have chocked harbours leaving only muddy channels the now wind through the Marshes seeking the sea. Gone are the trading ships but enter the weekend and holiday yachtsmen

It is also a great new habitat for wildfowl and birds as the marshes create safe nesting areas whilst at low tides the muddy estuaries and channels are vital food store.

So here are a few images of Salt Marshes in this small part  of the Norfolk Coast….

It can be no surprise that the Marshes are a haunt for Water Colour Artist as well as Photographers and Bird Watchers in equal numbers.  Perhaps because it is also known as the land of big skies and at times it does seem to be all sky, be it kind and blue or harsh and grey. I am not artist but here is my attempt at illustrating the broad mud flats, salt marsh and of course the sky…..


Low watermark at Morston Creek

And finally a sunset of sorts for mid summers day……


Blakeney Harbour as Dusk settles.


Mobile phone and internet signals are to say the least hit and miss.  So apologies  for late postings and also apologies to those who I follow for not ‘visiting’….I will catch up with you all.  Perhaps the bad communication service is why there are more CB Radio users both here in Norfolk and Suffolk than anywhere else in the U.K.

22nd June

© David Oakes 2013

Not High and Dry…..

On a short visit to the North Norfolk coast and it is dark and damp over Blakeney Salt Marshes….may be tomorrow will be better.


Whilst exploring the marsh we came across this ‘houseboat?’ all High and Dry above the watermark…though I guess at times of storm it may just have to do what a boat does…float!  and to add a touch of colour and brightness to the day I though a little playing about with the image wouldn’t go amiss.


Mid-summers ever tomorrow so lets keep our fingers crossed for a return to sunny summer.

20 June

© David Oakes 2013