Metallica, Cart Gap Beach, Happisburgh


Metallica, a vibrant and colourful landscape photograph of some rocks at Cart Gap Beach (Happisburgh), Norfolk, UK. Happisburgh beach has been victim to bad erosion over the years and 25 houses have been lost to sea. The beach has a good size car park (park and pay) and an excellent park for children to play. Happisburgh is also home to the oldest working light house in Britain. Whilst you are there I recommend you visit Smallsticks cafe for a nice cuppa.


Happisburgh is a village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. The village is on the coast, to the east of a north-south road, the B1159 from Bacton on the coast to Stalham. It is a nucleated village. The nearest substantial town is North Walsham 6 miles (10 km) to the west.

Happisburgh became a site of national archaeological importance in 2010 when flint tools over 800,000 years old were unearthed. This is the oldest evidence of human occupation anywhere in the UK. In May 2013, a series of early human footprints were discovered on the beach at the site, providing direct evidence of early human activity at the site.

The civil parish shrank by over 0.2 km² in the 20th century by the erosion of its beaches and low cliffs. Groynes were constructed along the shore to try to stop the erosion. In the 2001 census, before the separation of Walcott parish to the north-west, the parish (which also includes the settlements of Happisburgh Common and Whimpwell Green) had a population of 1,372 in 607 households. For the purposes of local government, the parish is in the district of North Norfolk – Wikipedia