On Sunday morning having packed up our tent and sleeping bags, wandered the campsite to collect a bag full of the proliferation of field mushrooms, and wandered down to Sheringham for an ice cream, we decided to head along the coast road to Hunstanton. I'd not been for years, and had long since forgotten what it was like - or perhaps it has changed, who knows? Either way, what we found wasn't to our tastes at all - I love tacky seaside places but this was beyond tacky - all chips, donuts, noise and concrete. Even the "Beach huts" are white UPVC with an acre of baking hot concrete between them and the concrete wall of the "Prom" - and looking more like tiny industrial units than anywhere you might want to spend a sunny afternoon! We wandered for a bit, feeling less than inspired. We sat and ate our lunch looking out to sea, and MrEH treated us to a cup of tea each and a bag of donuts. Looking in that direction, you could see the charm of the place - the sun glinting off the wet sand...
...and a fishing boat leaning drunkenly over waiting for the tide to come and get it.
Gulls everywhere - mostly Black Headed Gulls but with the occasional Common Gull thrown in as well. Far better mannered that the stereotypical seaside Herring Gull these - happy to grab anything that was thrown for them by passers-by but not diving in and stealing chips from the wrapping.
It didn't get any better. So we turned tail and walked back towards the car - and then we spotted it - the beach beyond the Prom...
...naturally we couldn't resist going to explore! The cliffs here are fascinating - three layers, or white chalk, red chalk, and sandstone. This stretch of coast suffers badly from erosion, and looking at the make-up of the cliffs it's hardly surprising
We were also intrigued by the rock formations on the shore - look:
Odd, eh? We think it might be some sort of "Wave cut platform" following a bit of internet based research, but would be interested to hear any more theories. Either way it cuts quite an odd sight as you walk along.
On the whole we both agreed that there are beachy places in Norfolk that we would rather visit, but it was lovely to get one final beach walk in this summer - and yes, it did feel like summer again! Lovely!