Happisburgh


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Happisburgh is a coastal village on the eastern side of Norfolk. It is 38 miles from here, around an hour by car using small country roads. Local people pronounce the name ‘Haze-borough’. I have no idea why that is.

Given the power cut at home today, it seemed like a good idea to take Ollie out in the car, and that is where we went. The village is known mainly for its impressive lighthouse, which dates from 1791. It is still the oldest working lighthouse in the east of England, and tours can be arranged through the volunteers who run it.

The lighthouse, and the keeper’s cottages.

The sandy cliffs in that area are dangerous, as they are eroding and constantly falling onto the beach. Huge rocks have been brought it to try to protect them from the sea.

At this time of year, the sandy beaches are almost deserted.


Old coastal defences from WW2 are still dotted around the village and cliffs. This pill-box is in good condition.

The soldier’s viewpoint, from inside.

Unfortunately, Ollie did not consider walking the coast path to be a good exchange for his usual trip to Beetley Meadows, and refused to pose for a single photograph!

For more information on the lighthouse, here is a link to their website.

Happisburgh Lighthouse Open Days

75 thoughts on “Happisburgh

  1. Great photos, Pete. I have always wanted to visit places, where you can find old WWII items and lighthouses. Sadly there are none here, unless you go to the northeast of our country.

    Thanks for the great tour.

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    1. He didn’t seem to be very happy to be so far from his home turf, and every time the camera pointed at him he walked back to me, or twisted away. He is hard to get in shot. πŸ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. You did! And what good photos too. I love the lighthouse one and some interesting shots of the beach. A nice day too by the looks of it, but was it windy? Warm here today but still very windy.

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    1. It was on and off cloudy, and VERY windy. (Moving the car)
      The temperature was 12 C, though felt colder in the wind.
      But it didn’t rain! πŸ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete. x

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  3. What an interesting place! Thanks for the photos. It reminds me of looking out of an old military something–bunker or some sort–in Denmark when I did a volunteer work camp there once long long ago–the view to the sea seems pretty universal from them. We worked very close to the building where they had filmed Babette’s Feast and it looked still the same.

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