Following last week’s inclement weather, East Riding of Yorkshire Council is reminding residents and visitors to the East Riding to stay safe so they are able to fully enjoy the region’s spectacular coastline.
Long stretches of the East Riding’s 85-kilometre coastline are affected by coastal erosion as a result of natural processes.
Cliff losses linked to coastal erosion can occur at any time of the year and both visitors and residents are advised to take care on the beaches and cliff tops, by following the safety tips below:
When on the beach:
- Plan your route, including access back to the cliff top, before going onto the beach.
- Take note of the predicted tide times and any storm warnings from the Environment Agency (these can be found at www.environment-agency.gov.uk).
- Do not walk at the foot of cliffs as they are unstable. Never choose the base of the cliffs as a spot for sunbathing or picnicking.
- Do not attempt to climb the cliffs.
- Beware of falling rocks and debris from the cliff top.
- Never touch or take away objects that have been revealed as the result of an erosion incident. To report suspicious items or coastal problems/incidents, dial 999 and ask for the coastguard, giving the location of the issue. This will assist in ensuring a prompt and accurate response from the emergency services.
- Avoid any structures or debris, including the remnants of historic military infrastructure.
When on the cliff top:
- Treat all cliffs as dangerous.
- Children and pets should be supervised and kept under control at all times.
- Keep away from all cliff edges as they may be dangerously undercut by wave action.
- Take note of any signs or barriers restricting access or warning of danger.
- Do not climb down cliffs as they are unstable and can crumble without warning.
- Do not throw any items off the cliff top onto the beach.
- Do not try to access the beach from the cliff top (other than from a signed and designated beach access point).
General beach and seaside information, including further safety advice and the locations of beach access points, can be found in the council’s booklet, ‘Explore the East Riding Coast’ This free publication is available from tourist information centres in Bridlington, Hornsea and Withernsea, and can also be downloaded from the council’s website www.eastriding.gov.uk
The council would like to stress that large cliff falls are infrequent and that, by following the advice given above, visitors to the East Riding coast can enjoy a relaxing and safe experience.