Kings Lynn to Felixstowe
The Coast team journey around the breathtaking shoreline of East Anglia.
In the 12th Century Kings Lynn was a thriving port, with over £6,000
worth of goods passing through.
So important was the port, that the Hanseatic League began operating
from here - one of the most important trade organisations at that time.
is this coastline prone to flooding?
The salt marshes and sandy beaches along this stretch of coast are vulnerable
In 1953 more that 300 people lost their lives in floods that devastated
the area from the Humber Estuary to Deal in Kent.
why is this area susceptible to flooding? In September 2006 Flood Wardens
were put on alert.
With the help of tidal expert Philip Woodworth, Nicholas Crane investigates
how the combination of weather and tides, expose this area to danger.
The idea of Kite Buggying is to use the wind to travel across stretches
of sand, gaining speeds of sometimes up to 25mph.
Enthusiast Rob Hills shows us how it's done.
and Common Seals
Long lines of sandy islands and salt marshes are rich with habitats for
an abundance of wildlife.
Tim Collins brings Neil Oliver to a stretch of the coast where you often
find up to 500 Common and Grey Seals.
Top Secret Military Listening Posts - Y Stations
the Second World War Sheringham Cliffs was the location of a top secret
listening post - a Y Station.
Hermione Cockburn uncovers the story of the work that was carried out
at these stations and meets up with former Y Station operator, Joy Hale.
After the war the stations were deliberately dismantled, so how did they
With the help of experts Fraser Robertson, Peter Seabrook and Malcolm
Howard, Hermione finds out how these radio listening posts helped spy
on German forces.
- Crabbing Competition
Tony Shipp provides an insight into the annual crabbing competition.
At the end of a competition, the crabs are returned to the sea which
means that they can sometimes turn up on more than one occasion.
Squeezed around the mouth of the river Yar, Yarmouth is famous now as
a pleasure playground but it wasn't always for the tourists.
In the early 1900s this port was part of the largest herring fishery
in the world...
the programme Sam Smith remembers how this pub was the scene boisterous
encounters between the locals and Scottish fishermen who followed the
herring down the East Coast.
When the Herring disappeared so did the Scots to be replaced by North
Americans looking for oil and gas.
These days it is wind turbines that are winding the locals up.
Claremont Pier, Lowestoft
the late 1970s, 11 of our seaside piers have demolished. Others like Claremont
Pier in Lowestoft, still struggle on.
But Mark Horton discovers that the end of the pier has been closed to
the public since 1982.
In the 50 years between 1860 and 1910, 78 piers were built around the
country but today, many of the 54 that still stand are in as bad or worse
a condition than Claremont.
beautiful town of Southwold inspires amateur artist Alice Roberts to dip
into her watercolours. 120 years ago, Southwold was the inspiration for
two very different artists.
English Impressionist painter Philip Wilson Steer captured the magic
and movement of being by the seaside while early photographer, Peter Henry
Emerson documented the lives of east-Anglians. Alice investigates their
work as she meets Ian Collins author of Making Waves: Artists in Southwold.
the cold war year of 1967 the ever-present threat of nuclear war with
the Soviet Union loomed large.
This site at Orfordness became home to 'Cobra Mist', an over the horizon
radar designed to spy deep into the eastern bloc. Neil Oliver investigations
lead to the full glory of this massive radar being recreated using computer
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Kings Lynn to Felixstowe: Tuesday 31 July, 8pm on BBC TWO