Cromer Shoal has been designated a Marine Conservation Zone by the Department for Environment. The aim is to protect this natural feature and the life that inhabits it, however, will this measure aid or adversely affect affect the local crab fishing industry?
First ever holidaymakers at Happisburgh?
A caravan park on the cliff edge is thought to have been the site of a human settlement one million years ago.
The village of Happisburgh has been fighting a battle with the North Sea for several years now. The coastal erosion is ongoing and many of the clifftop dwellings have now been demolished or have gone over the cliff to their final resting place on the beach below.
Continuing a journey from Happisburgh to Horsey along the Norfolk coast that took me through the rather strange settlement that is the Bush Estate. These structures, some ramshackle and others modern bungalows, are sheltered by the extensive line of sand dunes beneath which they nestle. They benefit from their close proximity to the beach – very pleasant in the summer months but when a nor-easterly gale is blowing I would imagine it is a bit like living in a settlement in Siberia.
If you like to relax on a Sunday morning with a cup of coffee and one of the broadsheets, you will undoubtedly have noticed the more regular appearance of articles relating to the north coast of Norfolk. The feature writers currently seem to be having a love affair with the area of the coast between Hunstanton and Cromer. This interest has been fuelled by the soaring price of the region’s property over recent years. Due to the growing demand for pretty Norfolk cottages as second homes, particularly during the 80s boom, this area has become increasingly fashionable with the rich and famous. In contrast, the coast from Cromer to Horsey is nowhere near as popular with those searching for a second home by the sea, and the holidaymakers visit in far fewer numbers, but that was not always the case.
In 2000 a dog walker in Happisburgh spotted and picked up an interesting piece of flint. The experts at Norwich Museum were consulted and they declared it to be a Palaeolithic handaxe that was dated to 700,000BC.
There are just a few places left in Norfolk that can be ascribed the adjective ‘wild’; Stiffkey Freshes is such a place. If you are an early bird and can get to the dunes as dawn breaks, or you are prepared to stay as dusk approaches, you will witness nature at its most impressive. These are the times of day that you will see a great deal of bird activity, with skeins of geese and flights of duck going to or returning from their feeding grounds. You may also see a fox hunting along the foreshore or a muntjak ambling along amongst the dunes.