A month or so ago, my friend and I set up a date to go up to Norfolk for a day with our cameras. We hoped for good weather, and as it turned out, we got it.
It seems fitting that on the 11th of November, we would select a number of World War II defensive positions as our target for the day.
We set out from Cambridge with the day cold, but dry. We had 3 main targets. Happisburgh Lighthouse, the WWII defences and some long exposure shots on the beach. We managed to stretch to all 3. Here are the results.
We had hoped to get down to a pill box which had fallen onto the beach. However, with the tide we decided not to chance it.
We then headed up to the cliff top WWII gun position.
It was believed during the early part of the war that invasion was a real possibility. Outside of the obvious Kent coastline, Norfolk was considered a viable invasion position. Once this was established, pill boxes, gun positions and radar positions were mounted all along the Norfolk coast. This position with its 2 gun positions and network of tunnels was one of them.
Sadly, we didnt really have the gear to get into some of the other access hatches on site, but being underground in a place that was clearly important in the defence of the Norfolk coast was a great experience. Well it was for me.
After extracting ourselves from the ground and working out what time it was, we headed up the coast to do some long exposure photos of coastal defences of a different kind.
Finally, with the light fading, we started our way back towards Happisburgh to catch the lighthouse at sunset.
Unfortunately, the cloud had gathered over the course of the day, so the colours in the sky didn’t really go as we liked. We did however get some usable images.
On the whole it was a great trip. We got to adventure around the WWII defences, and we got some great images to boot.
There was more we could have seen, so it’s on my list of places to go back to.
Hope you enjoyed this set. I did.
Thanks for looking.