An unprecedented period of wet weather has resulted in more than 35 significant cliff falls around Cornwall’s coast line since last November. 18 footpaths are now closed on the South West Coast Path alone.
It has been revealed today that it will cost millions of pounds to repair Cornwall's battered coast, with many hugely popular coastal paths remaining closed to walkers well into the main holiday season.
This will come as a blow to tourism officials in the county, keen to promote the country as open for business.
18 paths are currently closed after 35 'significant' cliff falls in Cornwall since November last year, mainly on the South West Coast Path. One option being considered is to rebuild part of the path further inland.
The falls follow an unprecedented period of wet weather in Cornwall, and the county council is urging walkers to take extra care. There are currently 18 footpath closures on the South West Coast Path alone, and many may still be closed during the holiday season.
The area from Lizard to the Tamar is the most badly affected.
Council staff can't recall a more challenging time for the management of beaches or the footpath network across Cornwall.
– David Attwell, Principal Countryside Officer, Cornwall Council