Devon cliff collapses sending rubble to beach below and plume of dust

Dramatic footage shows moment huge chunk of cliff collapses sending rubble 100 feet down to the beach below – and a huge red plume of dust into the air over Devon beauty spot

  • Emily Hayter suddenly noticed the red dust when walking along the beach 
  • The cliff fall on Easter Monday follows several others in the Sidmouth
  • The coast is surrounded by red sandstone cliffs which have similarly collapsed in the past

This is the moment that a huge chunk of cliff collapsed in Sidmouth, Devon, sending rubble 100 feet down onto the beach below. 

As the cliff hit the beach it sent a red plume of dust into the air over the Devon beauty spot.   

Shocked onlooker Emily Hayter took the footage when she was walking along the beach on Bank Holiday Monday.  

Emily Hayter took the footage of the cliff fall when she was walking along Sidmouth beach on Easter Monday

Emily said: ‘I suddenly saw a huge dust cloud so I could tell it must have been a fairly big fall!’ 

She posted the video on the Sidmouth community Facebook page and other members shared their pictures. 

Julie Barber saw the cloud of red dust while walking on Peak Hill. She noticed it when she was looking at the view at the top. 

Julie Barber also noticed the cloud of red dust when she was walking and admiring the view

This is the latest cliff fall at Sidmouth after Ellie Williams noticed small trickles of soil going down the cliff last month. Peak Hill area of Sidmouth is pictured before the cliff fall 

This is the latest cliff fall in Sidmouth as similar incidents of the red sanstone cliffs collapsing have happened in the past year.   

Last month Ellie Williams noticed small trickles of soil going down the cliff. Onlookers had stood behind metal bars while the cliff face gave way. 

She described the fall as like a ‘big thunder crash’ after people started gathering at a safe distance.  

Over the Easter weekend last year thousands of tons of cliff fell on to the beach below in two rock falls. 

The beaches below were full of people. Dust from the cliff was thrown into the air and rocks fell more than 100 feet. 


Before and after: The fall on Sunday followed another at East Beach in Sidmouth where rubble crashed down and blocked off a cave over Easter 2019

Going…going… A dog walker first noticed small trickles of soil going down the cliff, and saw large chunks of the cliff gave way in two separate collapses in March 2020. Onlookers stood just feet below behind metal railings as parts of the cliff gave way

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