PEOPLE are being urged to beware of the dangers of the coast and ‘use common sense’ after a huge landslip on the Dorset coast.
The coast path is still open for walkers, it has been confirmed, after the landslip at Worbarrow Bay.
The erosion is thought to have happened up to two months ago, but because it is in a remote location within the Ministry of Defence ranges, details have only just come to light.
Tony Gaffney was out walking with his family when he noticed the landslip and took a picture. He said he was shocked to see the extent of the erosion.
Mr Gaffney added: “We went there on Saturday, May 6 for a family day out, headed on down to the beach and looked across to see the landslide. We took a visit there last year and to see the landslide this year was a shock.”
Dorset County Council spoke to the Rangers at Lulworth Heritage Centre, who believe the landslip happened over Easter.
A spokesman for the authority added: “It’s a few weeks old. Being within the MoD ranges means it simply hasn’t been picked up on till now. It’s a fairly remote part of the coast.”
The spokesman said that ‘standard safety messages’ apply for those who are out walking or visiting the area.
“Don’t go near the cliff edge or climb on the slip. Use common sense and enjoy the Jurassic Coast safely.”
An MOD spokesperson added: “Following assessment of the landslip which occurred at Lulworth Ranges two months ago, there was no requirement to divert or close the path.”
Worbarrow Bay is east of the popular tourist spot of Lulworth Cove, and easily accessed from the abandoned village of Tyneham.
The Jurassic Coast is constantly eroding and while landslips usually occur after heavy rain or storms, they can happen at any time.
Experts have the following advice:
- Do not take unnecessary risks and stay away from the edge of the cliff top
- Stay away from the base of cliffs: rock falls can happen at any time
- Do not climb or walk over landslide or rock fall debris, especially after wet weather
- Always pay attention to warning signs; they are there to advise you on how to stay safe
- Check the weather forecast before you go
- Beware of steep, shelving beaches and large waves
- Be aware of tide times. The sea comes in and out twice a day and it is possible to get cut off by the incoming tide or forced up against the cliffs
- If you are looking for fossils, do not hammer into the cliffs or solid rock as this will cause long lasting damage and can be dangerous
- In case of an emergency on the coast dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard