Friday 12th April 2019
8 members of Photofold set off early in the morning to visit this North Norfolk coastal resort. A 2 ½ hour (110 mile) uneventful drive found us in the car park at 8am greeted by dry, windy weather. Happisburgh is noted for its coastal erosion and ever changing, and collapsing, sea defences.
We were lucky in as it was not so long ago that the substantial ramp down to the beach had been washed away. However, this had now just been replaced and we were able to get down to the sea. We spent a couple of hours photographing the abandoned sea defences, crashing waves and rock formations. As usual we all split up and went our separate ways in an effort not to take the same photographs. Chris, in his enthusiasm to get the winning shot got a boot full of seawater and Ray, unaware of an approaching wave, nearly saw his Sony a9 drowned!
By 10 we were ready for some light refreshment and went to The Smallsticks café on the beach a short drive away. We then spent further time on the beach photographing waves as the tide came further in.
For lunch we drove to The Star Inn a welcoming pub, recommended by Tripadvisor, situated in the middle of nowhere. Fortunately, satnav helped us find it. The chef came out to introduce himself as he used to live in Wickford and had not been back there for 20 years. Some of us swapped stories of Billericay FC with him.
After lunch we visited Hinckling Broad and went in search of the thatched boat-houses. They made an interesting and unusual photographic subject.
Full of enthusiasm we then returned to the first beach we had visited in the morning, as the tide was now going out. This gave us the opportunity to get closer to the ruined sea defences and photograph the waves crashing over them.
All in all it was an interesting day and well worth the long drive.
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