Dramatic rock fall at Budleigh beach prompts warnings of further collapses

The rockfall at Budleigh Salterton beach on December 6 

The rockfall at Budleigh Salterton beach on December 6 - Credit: EDDC

A collapse of part of the cliffs at Budleigh Salterton has prompted a warning from East Devon District Council that further rock falls are likely.

It happened at about 2pm on Monday, December 6, with the rock fall covering the whole beach area nearest to Jubilee Park.

The council said: "We have already inspected the top of the cliff, and once the storm has passed we will be sending engineers to inspect the area further.

“There is a significant risk of further rock fall as there are some very large cracks that have appeared. We would like to warn residents to please stay clear of the cliffs.

“The risk of cliff falls is well signed in this area, so members of the public need to adhere to warnings.

“Cliff falls are a natural and unpredictable occurrence along the East Devon coast; this is because the rock from which the cliffs are formed is soft and therefore prone to rock falls and landslides, which can happen at any time, although heavy rainfall can trigger incidences.

“We recommend that people enjoy East Devon cliffs from a distance and do not climb or sit directly beneath them. Please always follow the warning signs.”

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