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Walkers Warned After Major Cliff Fall


8:25am 1st May 2013

The people in charge of looking after the Jurassic Coast say yesterday's rock fall near Durdle Door was the biggest in over decade.

Tonnes of rubble and rock crashed down to the bay at St Oswald's Bay, making part of the coastal path impassable.

Warning signs and a diversion is now in place with walkers being warned to stay clear of the cliff.

Earth Science Manager of the Jurassic Coast Team Richard Edmonds says landslips simply can't be avoided: "It's impossible to second guess where the next slip will be, they're so infrequent. There's no way you could walk along the coast and say, yes, that's where a fall will happen, because it won't."

The affected area has been diverted inland until the area can be deemed safe by Council Officers. Richard says there are no plans to move any other parts of the coastal path inland too.

The coast path has been here for decades. There is an element of risk but I think most people would agree it's an acceptable risk, just like getting in a car, occasionally things happen. It just wouldn't be justifiable to push the path back because it would just cease to be a coast path."

Yesterday's landslide is the 4th major incident of its kind along the Dorset coastline the past 6 months.

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