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Cliff fall at Bedruthan sparks warning to beach-goers

Cliff fall at Bedruthan sparks warning to beach-goers

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 11:41am 10th February 2020. (Updated at 1:53pm 10th February 2020)

A warning has gone out beach-goers at Bedruthan after a cliff fall in the wake of Storm Ciara.

The National Trust says it occurred when the cliff stairs were closed to visitors. 

There is suspected damage sustained to a lower section of the steps as well as the protective netting and pinning on the cliff faces surrounding the steps and which are an integral part of the safety infrastructure.

The National Trust commissioned an exploratory report by experienced geologists. Their surveying work outlined the specific location of the fall as well as the condition of the rocks and cliff faces.

The report recommends further geotechnical assessment is undertaken, including ground investigations, geotechnical data collection and stability analyses. This needs to be done to determine whether it is possible to adequately stabilise the cliff face and allow access to be reinstated.

As experts gather further geological insights and consult with expert partners to consider the implications, the steps allowing visitors access to the beach will remain closed. No alternative route is available.

"We appreciate this news will be disappointing to many but the safety of all using the steps (visitors as well as National Trust staff who undertake regular safety checks) must be our uppermost concern."

Ian Kemp, General Manager for the area

Bosses say they safety of visitors, along with their team, is of upmost importance. The National Trust appreciate this will be disappointing news and will keep everyone updated.

The RNLI and the National Trust are strongly advising visitors not to try and find alternative routes to get down the cliff onto the beach due to the strong sea currents and very real danger of being cut off by the tide.

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