Pirate FM News 3 minute read

PHOTOS: 'Major' rock fall at popular Cornish beach

PHOTOS: 'Major' rock fall at popular Cornish beach

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 9:11am 8th February 2018. (Updated at 3:51pm 8th February 2018)

Photos have emerged of what is being described as a major rock fall at a popular beach in north Cornwall.

Bill Bartlett from North Cornwall Coast Path Walks took these pictures above the beach at New Polzeath.

He is warning walkers to take extra care after chunks came crashing down at Pentireglaze on Tuesday night.

Bill said: “We've been expecting the rock fall at Pentireglaze Haven, locally known as Baby Bay, for some time.

"Breakneck Cavern is on a fault line that runs to the opposite side of the bay at New Polzeath and in recent years the National Trust, who own the land, diverted the footpath well above it.

"Walkers should take care on other parts of the coast path as this year's winter storms have really given the whole of north Cornwall a dramatic pounding and you'll see many other areas which are slipping or have collapsed".

polzeath rock fall 1

Bill has also warned about shifting sands along the coast path between Daymer Bay and Rock.

Posting on his Facebook page, he said: "You are probably aware that shifting sands are creating sheer cliffs along many parts of the coast.

"The dangers of climbing them, or indeed walking along the top, are all too obvious and care should be taken.

"The barrage of recent winter storms has created dramatically steep faces which you can appreciate when you compare the photos I took today between Daymer Bay and Rock to old photos".

shifting sands

Bill took the photo on the right in October 2014 which, when you compare it to the left shot from this year, seems to show a big difference.

He fears more sections could give way, commenting: "This section is going to drop quite soon!"

crumbling rocks

Walkers in the area commented on Bill's post to say they had noticed a difference in the sand.

Jane wrote: "I also walked past these dunes yesterday and was staggered t the loss of sand.

"When I got home I looked on Google maps at the same dunes and wondered how many thousands of tons of sand have been washed out! Nature has a power in it that deserves respect".

Pirate FM understands Polzeath Coastguard is investigating the recent rock fall, telling Cornwall Live that the area was once a cave.

Members of the public are urged to report anything that could be a danger to anyone by calling 999 and asking for the coastguard.

Email Icon

Sign up for exclusive news, competitions and offers.
Proper Local News updates from Pirate FM

Suggested articles

Car plunges 20ft from Cornish cliff and onto beach below

Cornwall News: The vehicle landed on a beach tent which luckily was empty at the time

Pet turtle missing for six weeks is found on Cornish beach

Cornwall News: It had escaped and travelled downstream for almost two miles

Newer articles

UPDATE: Police swoop on Cornish flower picking farm

Cornwall News: It is amid suspicions of 'modern slavery' offences

WATCH: A new ice warning after snow chaos in Cornwall

Cornwall News: This could affect your drive to work on Friday

Older articles

Angry locals demand answers over escaped leopard

Cornwall News: The big cat was reportedly on the loose for five days

WATCH: Cornish penguins see snow for the first time

Cornwall News: Staff at Paradise Park filmed the magical moment

Most read

24-hour thunderstorm warning to hit Cornwall

Cornwall News: The whole country will be on weather watch on Monday

Level two heat health alert issued for Cornwall

Cornwall News: It is in force across the south west for the next few days