Lizard walkers warning after cliff falls

First published in Helston

Walkers on the coast path around the Lizard have been warned to take care after large number of cliff falls blamed on the wet weather.

The warning from Cornwall Council comes after more than 35 significant cliff falls around Cornwall’s coast line since last November.

The council currently has 18 footpath closure orders in place on the South West Coast Path alone as the popular attraction heads into its fortieth anniversary year.

“Council staff can’t recall a more challenging time for the management of beaches or footpath network across Cornwall” said David Attwell, Cornwall Council’s principal countryside officer. “We have seen repeated cliff falls as a result of the severe weather conditions we have experienced throughout November, December and January, resulting in many paths being closed or diverted inland”.

Although the Council has been responding to a wide range of incidents across the whole of Cornwall, the area of the south coast from the Lizard through to the Tamar has been particularly badly hit.

Whilst a programme of repairs is due to start in the next few weeks it is anticipated that some sections of the coast path will remain closed into the main holiday season.

Members of the public using the countryside are reminded to take extra care and avoid straying from the coast path or wandering near the cliff edge. A general warning has also been issued to beach users to be cautious under or near cliffs following a recent failure at Whipsideery near Newquay.

Anyone who wishes to report a problem on the coast Path or a beach should phone 0300 1234 202.

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4:17pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Gill Zella Martin 09 says...

Perhaps people should stop building close to the cliff edge.
Perhaps people should stop building close to the cliff edge. Gill Zella Martin 09
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5:27pm Tue 5 Feb 13

telstar1962 says...

Good advice from the Council

and there are some excellent inland walks in Cornwall, perhaps they will become more popular.
Good advice from the Council and there are some excellent inland walks in Cornwall, perhaps they will become more popular. telstar1962
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11:57pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Wave says...

Cornwall is about the coast, always will be.
I don't think houses are built next to cliffs are they Gill? Can you give an example.
Cornwall is about the coast, always will be. I don't think houses are built next to cliffs are they Gill? Can you give an example. Wave
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7:50am Wed 6 Feb 13

Gill Zella Martin 09 says...

Wave wrote:
Cornwall is about the coast, always will be.
I don't think houses are built next to cliffs are they Gill? Can you give an example.
Without naming specific properties, which I could do, yes there have been properties built within close proximity to the cliff edge within recent years, take a look at Porthleven.
[quote][p][bold]Wave[/bold] wrote: Cornwall is about the coast, always will be. I don't think houses are built next to cliffs are they Gill? Can you give an example.[/p][/quote]Without naming specific properties, which I could do, yes there have been properties built within close proximity to the cliff edge within recent years, take a look at Porthleven. Gill Zella Martin 09
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11:42am Wed 6 Feb 13

telstar1962 says...

Cliff House,Loe Bar Road,Porthleven ? lol

First time walkers are initially attracted to the coastline,but to say that's all there is to Cornwall is way off the mark.

There are some fantastic inland walks which include Bodmin Moor,The Camel Trail etc and the total inland footpath network extends to about 2,400 miles,compared to the 300 miles of Cornish coast.

But don't live in a house around Camborne or Redruth, you might end up at the bottom of a big hole haha
Cliff House,Loe Bar Road,Porthleven ? lol First time walkers are initially attracted to the coastline,but to say that's all there is to Cornwall is way off the mark. There are some fantastic inland walks which include Bodmin Moor,The Camel Trail etc and the total inland footpath network extends to about 2,400 miles,compared to the 300 miles of Cornish coast. But don't live in a house around Camborne or Redruth, you might end up at the bottom of a big hole haha telstar1962
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12:05pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Gill Zella Martin 09 says...

That wasn't the most recent one I actually had in mind lol
That wasn't the most recent one I actually had in mind lol Gill Zella Martin 09
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12:33pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Gill Zella Martin 09 says...

With coastal paths being diverted due to coastal erosion why build within close proximity to a cliff. Natural coastal erosion is not a recent occurrence and I personally would have thought it was obvious to see a long time ago the likely hood of there being increasing erosion due to the weather and tidal patterns.
Who I wonder is expected to pay for the sea defence solutions if and when properties become at risk near to the edge of a cliff.
I don't want to be sitting on a beach having a picnic and have a house drop on my head.
With coastal paths being diverted due to coastal erosion why build within close proximity to a cliff. Natural coastal erosion is not a recent occurrence and I personally would have thought it was obvious to see a long time ago the likely hood of there being increasing erosion due to the weather and tidal patterns. Who I wonder is expected to pay for the sea defence solutions if and when properties become at risk near to the edge of a cliff. I don't want to be sitting on a beach having a picnic and have a house drop on my head. Gill Zella Martin 09
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1:48pm Wed 6 Feb 13

telstar1962 says...

Mullion Cove Harbour has had considerable funds in recent years to shore up the sea defences,but recently the word is that mother nature will be let to run her course since there will be no more money available.

Praa Sands,Sydney Cove,(where the nice person owns the car park next to the Sand Bar) will be in the sea within another 45 years.

Even after a fatal event on the Jurrasic Coast within the last 12 months,families have been seen sunbathing on the beach near to where cliff falls have occurred.

With coast-paths being diverted,the Council staff and officers have been working hard to advise,and to help keep the public safe.
Mullion Cove Harbour has had considerable funds in recent years to shore up the sea defences,but recently the word is that mother nature will be let to run her course since there will be no more money available. Praa Sands,Sydney Cove,(where the nice person owns the car park next to the Sand Bar) will be in the sea within another 45 years. Even after a fatal event on the Jurrasic Coast within the last 12 months,families have been seen sunbathing on the beach near to where cliff falls have occurred. With coast-paths being diverted,the Council staff and officers have been working hard to advise,and to help keep the public safe. telstar1962
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2:41pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Gill Zella Martin 09 says...

Mullion Harbour is owned by The National Trust and it has been said it would be left unrepaired
next time any substantial damage is caused by the sea because of the ongoing cost. I believe it will be like a managed retreat just for safety. The most recent repair was completed using what looks like normal concrete as opposed to its original stone work presumably due to costs this time. I believe they are only going to maintain the inner wall. I can't remember how many times they have had to repair it over the last thirty years. I suppose there will become a time when repairs to many coastal areas cannot be maintained or extra sea defences put into place because of the financial costs. In my opinion it makes sense to let things be controlled by nature to a certain degree, it is not always financially viable to keep fighting against nature. Hence my suggestion not to keep building close to the cliffs!!
Cornwall Council have worked hard to solve many problems and give safety advice, however, sadly I believe there will always be a minority that will ignore that advice.
Mullion Harbour is owned by The National Trust and it has been said it would be left unrepaired next time any substantial damage is caused by the sea because of the ongoing cost. I believe it will be like a managed retreat just for safety. The most recent repair was completed using what looks like normal concrete as opposed to its original stone work presumably due to costs this time. I believe they are only going to maintain the inner wall. I can't remember how many times they have had to repair it over the last thirty years. I suppose there will become a time when repairs to many coastal areas cannot be maintained or extra sea defences put into place because of the financial costs. In my opinion it makes sense to let things be controlled by nature to a certain degree, it is not always financially viable to keep fighting against nature. Hence my suggestion not to keep building close to the cliffs!! Cornwall Council have worked hard to solve many problems and give safety advice, however, sadly I believe there will always be a minority that will ignore that advice. Gill Zella Martin 09
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5:35pm Wed 6 Feb 13

telstar1962 says...

As the news item points out, the public have been warned,and it is a sad fact that you cannot legislate for the few who ignore these warnings

It is also brilliant to see the teamwork behind the SWCP detour near Loe Pool.Well done to all concerned with that project.
As the news item points out, the public have been warned,and it is a sad fact that you cannot legislate for the few who ignore these warnings It is also brilliant to see the teamwork behind the SWCP detour near Loe Pool.Well done to all concerned with that project. telstar1962
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1:19am Tue 12 Feb 13

Lanty Slee says...

Why not just walk under the cliff?

That way, if it does fall, you probably won't know much about it until it's too late.
Why not just walk under the cliff? That way, if it does fall, you probably won't know much about it until it's too late. Lanty Slee
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