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Coast Path made famous by ITV's Broadchurch has reopened

The South West Coast Path between West Bay and Freshwater Beach at Burton Bradstock has reopened following a major rock fall at the end of June.

New route of coast path at West Bay      

The path had been temporarily diverted along an inland route since the fall, which severed its old line along the iconic clifftop, made famous by ITV’s Broadchurch.

But Dorset County Council’s coast and countryside ranger team has reached an agreement with the Bridport and West Dorset Golf Club to allow a short diversion as a permissive access across the golf course, avoiding the gap created by the fall.

Cllr Daryl Turner, the county council’s Cabinet member for natural and built environment, said:

“Thanks to the hard work of our rangers and the kind cooperation of the Bridport and West Dorset Golf Club, the thousands of visitors who want to walk the Coast Path can once again enjoy the stunning views of the Jurassic Coast.”

Phil Sterling, the council’s coast and countryside service manager, added:

“Both our team and Sam Scriven, geologist at the Jurassic Coast Trust, have assessed the diversion to be safe. But, as ever, we would urge all walkers to stick to the path and avoid going near the cliff edge at all times.

“Landslides and rock falls can, and do, happen at any time. The Jurassic Coast is a wonderful place to visit, but it’s important to use common sense and always pay attention to warning signs and safety messages.”

Find out more about enjoying the Jurassic Coast safely

Published on: Aug. 4, 2017