Long exposure at Cart Gap
CREDIT: Tony Luxton

Happisburgh Coast

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Event info

A day at the coast around Happisburgh in Norfolk. The trip will be led by local resident Tony Luxton. We will visit Cart Gap, to photograph its old sea defences. The tide will be high in the first part of the morning (at 08:52), giving good opportunities to photograph the sea defences or use long exposures. The sea will then ebb and leave pools on the beach, with good reflections of sea defences.

We will then move on to Happisburgh beach, about a mile away, with truncated roads ending in mid-air, coastal erosion and of course, the lighthouse.

Maximum participants : 6

Meals : Please bring a packed lunch, plus any other snacks and drinks you may require.

Clothing and equipment : It can be cold, so a waterproof jacket (and trousers if available), warm clothing are recommended. Walking boots are essential. It might also be sunny, so sun hats and sun cream may be needed.

Please also ensure you bring along appropriate bags for carrying your photographic equipment.

Challenges and accessibility : Access is not difficult and the walk from the car parks to the beaches takes a few minutes. However, there are crumbling cliffs, with pebbled beach in parts, The beaches are mainly sand, but metal sea defences have sharp edges, and the wooden ones have protruding nails. There are no quicksands.

At Happisburgh two roads end in mid-air, the terminal few feet of asphalt are quite thin and the underlying earth has eroded away. The drop is precipitous should the surface give way, so we must NOT venture close to the edge.

Toilet facilities : There are toilets, nearby at both locations.

Other costs : The cost of lunch is not included in the booking fee. Parking charges are approximately £1.50 per hour at the 2 locations. The loos are free!

Bad weather plan : If bad weather is forecast, Tony will make the decision a couple of days beforehand whether to proceed or not. If the event is postponed an alternative date of 27 September will be offered. If it rains on the day, the group can travel to Cromer and photograph the pier.

This will be a group B event.

Ticket prices for this event include a £2 carbon offsetting charge.  For more information click here.

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Event Organiser

Dave Glenn (Member Events Manager)


Venue Information
Please meet in the car park (charges apply), which is situated between the lifeboat station and the coastguard lookout point.
Follow the minor roads after turning off the B1159.
With satellite navigation use the postcode NR12 0QL but do not proceed to completion, you will pass Smallsticks Cafe on your right, do not turn left into Doggett’s Lane, but continue a few metres to the car park. The lifeboat station and its adjacent shop, the loo, and coastguard lookout point will all be visible.
Cancellation policy

Cancellation by You

If you wish to cancel your booking PLEASE let the event leader / organiser know with as much notice as possible. If nothing else, this can avoid them delaying the start of the event while they wait for you.

If you have paid for an event, please note that this fee/ticket price is non-refundable unless we are able to sell your place to somebody else. You are welcome to sell your place yourself but, again, PLEASE notify the event leader / organiser in advance of any change.

Cancellation by us

Event leaders are asked to make plans for alternative activities or locations in the case of poor weather and, in most cases, events will proceed despite poor weather unless, in the view of the event leader, the weather will lead to unacceptable safety risks or very little chance of successful photography. It is inevitable, however, that occasionally an event will be cancelled for this or another reason beyond the RPS’s control.

Occasionally an event may also be cancelled owing to lack of bookings. So if you wish to attend an event, don’t leave it till the last minute to book as it may be too late.

If an event is cancelled we will give you as much notice as we are able and any payment by you to the RPS in respect of the event offered as a full refund. In the case of events cancelled because of lack of interest we will aim to give at least three weeks’ notice wherever possible.

Please note we are NOT able to refund any associated or consequential costs including but not limited to travel, accommodation, insurance premium or other costs incurred by you in order to attend the event.



Cart Gap

Happisburgh, Norfolk

NR12 0QL