Old Groynes at Sandsend Beach

Sandra Cockayne

Reeth, United Kingdom

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Taken whilst having a break with Irene at Whitby, North Yorkshire, England, UK, and we spent a good few hours here at Sandsend beach which is just a few minutes drive north of Whitby….

Groynes are cross-shore structures designed to reduce longshore transport on open beaches or to deflect nearshore currents within an estuary. On an open beach they are normally built as a series to influence a long section of shoreline that has been nourished or is managed by recycling. In an estuary they may be single structures.

Rock is often favoured as the construction material, but timber or gabions can be used for temporary structures of varying life expectancies (timber: 10-25 years, gabions: 1-5 years). Groynes are often used in combination with revetments to provide a high level of erosion protection.

Located just a few minutes drive north along the coastline from Whitby, Sandsend, located at the foot of Lythe Bank, is a small picturesque village set against a backdrop of cliffs with two meandering streams leading to a long sandy beach.

Information sourced from Wikapedia.

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