North Norfolk Day Four:
The stratified red chalk limestone and white chalk cliffs on the beach at Old Hunstanton are, quite simply put, stunning, particularly with the tide out and the rocky beach exposed too. You’d have to go some to beat this geological beauty. The cliffs make way for shingle beeches and sand dunes as you head east around the coast until the cliffs rise once more at Weybourne, although here they are not quite as colourful. Made up of a mix of shingle and sand deposited here during the ice age they offer little, if any, resistance to the erosive forces of the North Sea that slowly eats away at some stretches and deposits the eroded material further down. Communities that were once on the sea are now some distance inland while for many others the reverse is true as coastal defences are constructed to prevent them from disappearing altogether.