Natural England has announced the closure of Monmouth Beach in Dorset over concerns regarding the stability of cliffs in the area.
In a statement, Natural England said that on-going rockfalls this week and the threat one unstable area presents to public safety, combined with predicted high tides, have led to the decision to close the Axmouth to Lyme Regis Undercliffs National Reserve.
Signage had been placed on the beach to warn visitors but Natural England said: “It is feared that high spring tides due towards the end of this week and over the coming weekend, coupled with unsettled weather including rain and southerly winds, will wash the signs away.”
Natural England has said that it will review the situation when the tide levels return to normal, to enable the cliff walk to be reopened. However, it has been suggested that the beach may remain closed indefinitely because of the high risk of rockfalls and landslides.