Hallsands cliff viewing platform reopens

  • 29 May 2012
  • From the section Devon
An aerial photograph taken by a police helicopter after a 200-tonne section of the cliff fell into the sea on 6 May
Image caption A 200-tonne section of the cliff fell into the sea on 6 May

A viewing platform above the ruined village of Hallsands on the south Devon coast has been reopened.

The platform was closed on 6 May amid safety fears after a landslip swept away part of a nearby stone barn.

However geotechnical specialists have now declared the platform is safe.

New interpretation panels have been added, explaining how Hallsands was destroyed in a storm nearly 100 years ago.

Hallsands is part of the South Devon Area of Natural Beauty.

Richard Foss, chairman of the AONB partnership committee, said residents and the Kingsbridge Cookworthy Museum provided information, pictures and advice for the panels.

Image caption The new panels tell the story of how 29 homes were lost when the village of Hallsands collapsed into the sea during a storm in January 1917

"We're delighted that the new panels can now be fully appreciated at the viewing platform," he said.

"They chart the history of the village extensively and bring it to life with images, recollections and quotes."

A total of 29 homes were lost in January 1917, when Hallsands collapsed into the sea.

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