Hidden North Devon

Northam Burrows, World War Two, Pebble Ridge, Skern, History

Dragon’s Teeth

Heading towards the salt marshes and mudflats of Skern, we hastily scrabbled down a wall of rocks, in an effort to escape the approaching storm. Being a little more sheltered from the wind we gazed across the estuary, observing Oyster catchers stalk their prey on the edge of the water. Studded with rotting wooden structures, the foreshore holds the remains of both “Dragon’s Teeth” – an obstacle for tanks and landing craft – and also what is thought to be the remains of scaffolding used for D-Day practice. The recent storms have apparently also uncovered new relics of WWII, namely the tank ramp picture 2 below:

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The Skern, towards Appledore.
Northam Burrows, Skern, WWII, History Trail, Pebble Ridge,
Recently emerged Tank ramp.

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