Dramatic photos show cliff collapsing as Devon is battered by rain

Dramatic photos show cliff collapse at Budleigh Salterton beach after heavy rainfall
-Credit: (Image: Justin McCarthy)

These dramatic photos show the moment a huge chunk of cliff fell away at an east Devon beach this morning, Tuesday, July 9, leaving a cloud of dust over the stormy tides.

The landslide came as large swathes of Devon were battered by heavy rainfall overnight and into this morning. One such affected area was Budleigh Salterton, between Exmouth and Sidmouth, where the cliff collapsed. The collapse will cut off parts of the beach to the west at high water, according to an eyewitness.

The coastal town was under a blanket of rain for most of Tuesday morning, up until around lunchtime and it seems it was too much for its striking red sandstone cliffs, which tower above the 2.5-mile stretch of pebble beach.


The cliff collapse took place at 11.40am, leaving behind a huge mound of sandstone with dust swirling through the dark skies and over the choppy waves crashing against the shore.

Thankfully, the beach was deserted at the time due to the adverse weather, save for one passer-by who snapped the photographs after the event. He said that the cliff collapse attracted a lot of attention after it had happened, with a number of people venturing close to the site to check out the rock fall.

Thankfully, nobody was around at the beach at the time of the collapse
Thankfully, nobody was around at the beach at the time of the collapse -Credit:Justin McCarthy

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