Western Morning News (Saturday)

Stay away from cliffs, says NT


THE National Trust is encouragin­g the public to avoid gathering at the foot of cliffs, after a cliff collapse in Exmouth.

The arches on a cliff at Orcombe Point – below the Eastern Steps – crashed onto the popular beach earlier this week following days of heavy rain.

A spokespers­on for the National Trust said: “In this area, as with any of our outdoor sites and particular­ly coastal sites, we strongly encourage our visitors to heed any informatio­n signs, keep to the designated paths and not to gather at the foot of cliffs.’’

A spokespers­on for EDDC said: “Cliff falls are a natural and unpredicta­ble occurrence along the East Devon coast, this is because the rock from which the cliffs are formed is soft and therefore prone to rock falls and landslides, which can happen at any time, although heavy rainfall can trigger incidences.

“It is good practice when on the beach to stay well clear of the cliff base and to keep an eye out for fresh fall material or water running down the cliffs, which may indicate an area that is weakened and loose.”

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