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'More to come' after Cornwall beach rock fall

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 5:49pm 9th February 2018. (Updated at 10:15am 12th February 2018)

Walkers are being warned about 'more to come' after a rock fall at a popular Cornwall beach.

It comes after photos emerged of what was described as a major rock fall at New Polzaeth.

Now Bill Bartlett from North Cornwall Coast Path Walks has put out a warning on Facebook, following snaps of cracks which appeared between Daymer Bay and Rock.

He said: "The National Trust do a fantastic job looking after their sections of the North Cornwall coast path.

"Mike Simmonds, the lead ranger for Tintagel to Holywell Bay, wanted to save undue concern to walkers and inspected the Breakneck Cavern rockfall today.

"He wrote: Looks like there is more to come, so I might put a temporary sign from the beach side.

"But I would not say it’s a hazard to walkers on the cliff path.

"That section we diverted and closed off many years back in anticipation of this predicted fall in the fault line, and the new higher path is well established and provides a safe alternative."

However, earlier this week, Bill has also urged people to be wary of shifting sands along the coast path.

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".

He posted pictures to highlight how it was changing.

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

Now he fears more sections could give way.

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He also said they had been expecting the rock fall at Pentireglaze Haven for some time and explained that Breakneck Cavern is on a fault line that runs to the opposite side of the bay at New Polzeath.

In recent years the National Trust, who own the land, had already diverted the footpath well above it.

He said: "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".

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".

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

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