Cliff fall at Sidmouth (again) leads to warning for tourists

Lots of rain followed by hot sunshine on sandstone cliff faces leads to……?Owl

Alex Green www.devonlive.com

People moored up on a beach in Sidmouth looked on as part of the cliff face crumbled down, leaving behind a huge sandy red cloud that could be seen from across the beach.

The cliff fall prompted a warning from Drew Parkinson, HM Coastguard Area Commander for South Devon & South-East Cornwall Coastline, as tourists head down to the South West for a Bank Holiday break.

Sidmouth-based Jurassic Paddle Sports, who took to their social media channels to spread awareness of the dangers around the edges of cliffs, is within close proximity to where the cliff face fall happened.

A post on their Facebook page reads: “Please take care around the cliffs they are constantly falling down and this mornings cliff fall was close to town and large.

“Please take note of warnings signs, they are there for good reason. Thank you”

Taking to Twitter to warn beach-goers not set up camp directly beneath the cliffs, Mr Parkinson shared the photo of the cliff face fall which appears to have happened moments before.

In a tweet, he said: “With the incredible weather this week the cliffs are going to be drying out and the risk of cliff falls significantly increases.

“This was this morning at Sidmouth by @JurassicPaddles Please don’t set up for the day underneath the cliffs – stay safe and enjoy the #BankHoliday.”

Other cliff falls in Sidmouth

Dust cloud from Sidmouth cliff fall (Image: Sue Little)

DevonLive has reported on numerous cliff falls in the past. In May 2020, the area saw five separate cliff falls of note, with three taking place within 24-hours.

And in August last year, giant plumes of red dust were once again seen billowing around the base of the infamous Sidmouth cliffs.

The landslide was photographed by two separate eyewitnesses, one near the beach and another further afield at the Sidmouth Hotel & Spa.

Vicki Lomas reported the August 2020 landslip to DevonLive when she was out with her husband.

Vicki, who regularly visits the seafront for her early morning walks, explained that she managed to get pictures because this cliff fall was in fact the second of three that happened in a very short space of time.

“Ten minutes previous to this fall myself and my husband witnessed a smaller one.

“Then we saw this and 15 minutes later we saw another.

“All three happened whilst we were watching the lifeboat being launched out on the sea.”