At picture right is Mill Lane leading from the village of Skipsea. Until recently, the road turned here to follow the cliffs northward (towards camera) as Southfield Lane, providing a route to Ulrome. Green Lane branched in the opposite direction.
The kerb end serves as a reference point to mark cliff recession over four years.
The same junction seen from the south.
In the opposite direction, bushes provide reference.
To the south, the road is lost not only to motorists but also to pedestrians, unless they trespass or fancy the leap. The reason is the relentless action of the North Sea.
This section of Green Lane is completely consumed, and the gardens have been shortened.
The road north, once carrying visitor traffic, becomes convenient for line fishing...
...though even this use will soon be gone.
Which proves to be the case!
Geology students will note the upper weathered section of the Skipsea Till or Member, once thought to be a separate deposit.
The wire fence and cable pole are not available for reference ‒ nor is the road itself ‒ though the revetment at the foot of the promontory in the distance may act as a guide.
A large part of this now farmless farmhouse has been demolished. The remaining section was still occupied at the time of the photograph.
What little that is left of the cliff side of Southfield Lane as it enters Ulrome
A concrete revetment delays the inevitable...
The changed angle of the cliff suggests protection is not total...
...but the barrier is already succumbing.
...though the revetment does take the worst of the tidal assault.
Waves at work on East Yorkshire's soft clay (called ‘till’).
Same action, same location, about twelve metres displacement to the west.
In the distance, workmen finish a move of the road traffic barrier (previous position of barrier in the foreground).