STEPS down to a popular beach have been cordoned off after a sea wall collapsed during recent storms leaving exposed metal rods sticking out.

Beach goers are being advised to take care accessing the eastern end of Castle Beach, Falmouth following a partial collapse of a section of the sea wall, next to the slipway and steps leaving metal rods sticking out.

The wall, which supports the promenade, suffered structural damage in recent storms, causing loss of pieces of the granite facing and it is now in need of significant repairs.

Cornwall Council says these will require a period of settled weather, when other sections of damaged seawall in the vicinity will also be repaired.

"In the meantime the steps are to be cordoned off to make the area safe, and residual loose stonework / concrete will be removed to control the risk of falling debris.

A Cornwall Council spokesperson said: "Beach users are asked to give this area a wide berth, using the adjacent slipway or the other alternative access points available to reach the beach and will still be able to gain access to the beach using the ramp."

The rods sticking out of the collapsed wall. Picture Vicky Eva

The rods sticking out of the collapsed wall. Picture Vicky Eva

Safety fears were raised after metal rods jutting out at a Falmouth beach over exposed when the sea wall started to fall away during recent storms.

The Cornish coastline took a battering last week, with strong winds combined with high tides resulting in huge waves.

Castle Beach, along from Gyllyngvase, the wall started to disintegrate near to the steps, exposing metal rods that have been embedded into the wall for structure.

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One part was completely ripped away and is now on the beach, from which a number of the rods are also protruding.

At the time Falmouth mayor Steve Eva warned people to take care if visiting the beach, fearing someone could hurt themselves on the sticking out metal.

He said: "The wall where the slope and the steps are, by the cafe, has ripped apart leaving big metal rods protruding out of the wall and from a chunk of wall that detached from the main structure.

"It could be dangerous if children were playing and slipped."

He and his wife Vicky have reported to the issue to town clerk Mark Williams and also Cornwall Council.