Vanishing village - Satellite images show incredible erosion at Winterton
- Credit: Google Earth
Even for those of us who know the dunes at Winterton like at the back of our hands the rate of erosion is shocking to see.
Satellite images provided by Google Earth show more than 50m of material disappearing at the click of a mouse.
In reality the erosion took 20 years, and in that time forgotten seaside paths have ebbed away and a stroll to the beach from the cafe has turned into a sheer drop.
Along with the swathe of dunes already lost it too will be absent in the next satellite images that allow people to explore the Earth in 3D and time travel.
As well as showing the increasingly precarious position of the Dunes Cafe, the pictures show the curve of the coast and the dramatic increase in the size of the Ness (a cape or headland) providing a perfect sandy nursery for the breeding seal population but, some say, adding to agitation at the foot of the dunes.
Growing and heading north towards Horsey it is blamed locally for accelerating problems at the cafe, the last three years being particularly damaging to the car park - a great chunk being grabbed by wild waves.
James Bensly, whose council ward includes Winterton, said: "It is almost as though the land is alive.
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"With the Ness moving more north the beach in front of the cafe has been lost. That sitting water in front of it creates a vortex exactly in front of the cliff and it really cuts in."
While the landowner has done all she could to help the cafe to stand its ground, its days had long been numbered.
However, as much as the images paint a bleak and apparently irreversible picture there are some years, as in 2007, when dune material has been taken but then appears to build back up.
The cafe is expected to be torn down in the next few days.
On Tuesday morning staff and villagers reportedly pulled together to empty the building.
The Dunes Cafe posted a message on Facebook sharing their sadness and thanking all their staff and customers for their support.