In their words...
why we love the East Coast
Quiet beaches of golden sand stretching many miles, combined with the ‘big sky’ feeling when looking out over the North Sea are something to marvel at in this part of the country. This part of the coastline is home to traditional quaint fishing villages, huge nature reserves full of life and to some unexpected surfing spots.
Cromer and the surrounding area in north Norfolk, is home to some of the best beach breaks in the region. Thanks to its chalk and flint reefs, East Runton on a northerly swell can have well defined breaks 2-3ft at high tide. On days where there’s little more than a ripple on the water (and these are many) much of the coast becomes a haven for SUPing, kayaking and enjoying the view.
From East Anglia you circle The Wash National Nature Reserve, a mix of open water and marshes that makes up one of Britain’s most important winter feeding areas for wildfowl and waders. The true wilderness of The Wash is juxtaposed with the next stretch of coastline. One of the most popular seaside holiday destinations in the UK this area comprises Skegness, whose pier is one of the largest East Coast family entertainment centres, Butlin’s Resort, Ingoldmells, Chapel St Leonards, Sutton-on-Sea, Mablethorpe, Cleethorpes and innumerable holiday parks.
Snuggled within this tourist honeypot is the Saltfleetby to Theddlethorpe Dunes National Nature Reserve. This is an important reserve made up of mudflats, salt and fresh water marshes and sand dunes. The older dunes were formed on a storm beach created in the 13th Century, while the younger ones enclose a freshwater marsh that was moulded in the mid-1800s when the Great Eau was diverted.
For many reasons the people here feel a connection to this coastline, and SAS is striving to create a platform for a community to share their love of the water and work towards protecting it. Community engagement through events and education are key to highlighting issues for this region and beyond of climate change and its impact on coastal erosion, water quality and the ever important issue of marine litter.