TG1743 : View west towards Beeston Hill

near to West Runton, Norfolk, Great Britain

View west towards Beeston Hill
View west towards Beeston Hill
The distinctive outcrop seen in mid distance, located between the skeleton of revetments and the cliff face, is a pillar entirely of chalk. Although chalk is a soft rock it is relatively more resistant to erosion than the other deposits. See also > LinkExternal link. Chalk is composed of calcium carbonate from the remains of microscopic marine organisms that once lived in a warm shallow sea which covered this area between 62 and 132 million years ago.

For a view taken of this stretch of beach in 1972 see > LinkExternal link. Note the absence of the wooden revetments in the older photograph. They continue along the coast, adjoining the Sheringham seawall which ends beneath Beeston Hill, at which point a timber revetment and groyne system, designed and constructed in 1976, runs eastwards to West Runton Gap. The SMP policy for this length of coast is one of ‘Managed Retreat’ and, in line with this policy, the revetment is no-longer being maintained. It is in a poor state of repair and has failed at many locations. Eventually the revetment will fail completely and should sections become hazardous to public safety they will be removed. The coastline will then be left to evolve naturally.

The revetments all along this section of coastline are now in a state of disrepair; with only the upright posts still in place they provide no protection from wave action.
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2008
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Tuesday, 6 May, 2008   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 8 May, 2008
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OSGB36: geotagged! TG 176 433 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:56.5808N 1:14.2788E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TG 177 433
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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