Enjoy the coast and stay safe

West Bay cliff fall Photo courtesy of Bridport Harbour

Following the sad fatality in North Yorkshire, Dorset County Council is once again encouraging people to stay safe along the Jurassic Coast.

Rockfalls can, and do, happen at any time. However, a prolonged hot, dry spell followed by rain can increase the risk still further.

The Jurassic Coast looks the way it does because of erosion – meaning it is always on the move.

Remember, the golden rules:

  • Stay away from the edge of the cliff top – admire the view from a safe distance
  • Stay away from the base of cliffs: rock falls and landslides can happen at any time. If you are under a rock fall, the likelihood is you will die
  • Pay attention to warning signs – they are there for your safety
  • Check tide times before you set off to avoid being cut off by incoming tides
  • Be aware of mudflows extending across the beaches – don’t get stuck
  • Keep dogs on leads near the cliff edge

Ken Buchan, Dorset County Council’s Coast & Countryside Service Manager, said: “The Jurassic Coast is a wonderful place to visit, but it’s important to use common sense and caution – stay away from the edge and base of cliffs and always pay attention to warning signs and safety messages.”