WITH the Christmas holidays fast approaching and more time to get out and about on our beaches and the South West Coast Path, people are being encouraged to stay safe along the Jurassic Coast.
Rockfalls and landslips can and do happen at any time, however, heavy rain and winter weather can increase the risk still further.
The Jurassic Coast looks the way it does because of erosion – meaning it is always on the move.
People are told to remember the following rules:
1 Stay away from the edge of cliffs – admire the view from a safe distance
2 Never lie or sit under the cliffs – there is very little chance of survival if caught under a rockfall
3 Adhere to warning signs – they are there for your safety
4 Check tide times before you set off- avoid being cut off by incoming tides
5 Be aware of mud flows – don’t get stuck
6 Keep dogs on leads near the cliff edge
Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, said: “There are so many beautiful locations to explore along the Jurassic Coast and the Christmas and New Year holiday period is a good time to visit.
“We want people to enjoy this wonderful coastline and take in the spectacular views, but please do so safely. Please take extra care extra, pay attention to warning signs and do not venture too near the cliff edge or the base of the cliffs.”
Sam Rose, CEO of the Jurassic Coast Trust, said: “We know many people will be out walking over the Christmas break, but I urge everyone to take on-board the safety advice and in particular, pay close attention to children who may not be aware of the dangers and to their pets too.”