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Take a stroll around the beach front at Lowestoft towards the sluice gates and pumping station at The Levels with the Hundred River is pumped into the North Sea. Plenty of bird life around here, not waders but those that rest after flying off to warmer or cooler climes, this one of Swans near the sluice

 

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The Sailors Home Pub had a bad fire last year, last week it was reopened again here is the pub sign



.....here is a photo taken three weeks ago of the newly refurbished pub



-- Edited by John Cooper at 20:47, 2008-10-02

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There were a lot of Pike in the River Hundred in the '40s. A good place to catch one was at the bridge where the A12 crosses the river. Wonder if the river is still well stocked?
 As children we found the Kessingland/Benacre area a fascinating, wild place to roam. We couldn't reach the beaches because they were mined right through to Pakefield and Lowestoft, so the Hundred was used for swimming and rafting. The main hazard was the muddiness of the banks; easy to slip into the water and very difficult to climb out in places.

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Any shingle or pebble beach is not easy to walk on but fishermen in Kessingland have the answer by placing lots of 'matting' down in the form of old conveyor belts to make walking that much easier. The beach here over the decades has been reclaimed from the sea with the foresight of Sir Henry Rider Haggard who planted marram grass which helped rebuild the shoreline



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Same time three weeks ago a schooner/sloop type vessel was about a mile off shore just before sunset



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