Huge landslide hits Britain's most beautiful beach

A cliff landslide has crashed onto a Welsh beach that was last year voted the 10th best in the world.

Tonnes of rocks gave way and fell onto the Rhossili Beach in Gower, Swansea, which is owned by the National Trust.

Steven Campbell-Kelly, owner of the Rhossili Gallery and a volunteer for Rhossili Coastguard Cliff Rescue, told Aol Travel: "A collapse of a significant section of sedimentary cliff between Rhossili Beach steps and the main limestone cliffs occurred on 22 January.

"This has resulted in a collapse of a section some 200 feet long by 40 to 50 feet high. The upper section continues to crumble and I believe another significant collapse will occur within the next couple of weeks.

"This landslide occurred very close to the remains of old medieval Rhossili Village on the Warren, owned by the National Trust."

The three-mile stretch of white sand was named third in a list of best European beaches in a worldwide tourist survey carried out by Tripadvisor in 2013.

One traveller said: "Rhossilli Bay is stunning. The walks along the cliff top are breathtakingly magnificent - walk until you reach past the Visitors Centre and just look out to Worms Head - what a view."

And not only was it the top three in Europe, Rhossili Bay was also voted the 10th best beach in the world in a Tripadvisor poll.

Some people, however, had their noses put out of joint. Namely the Aussies. One Australian journalist even went so far as to write an entire article about why so many beaches Down Under were far worthier of the accolade, entitled "YOU'RE JOKING: This British beach is NOT better than ours".

But, as the South Wales Evening Post points out, the spot is regularly hailed for its stunning views in numerous best beach surveys.

However, authorities are now warning people to be vigilant for further landslides. Steve Jones, Swansea Coastguard rescue co-ordination manager, told the BBC: "We would urge members of the public to take extra care after all this wet weather.

"We now have evidence that we are getting these falls and we would ask people to be very cautious when they are out walking around cliffs."

The best beaches in Europe 2014 (according to TripAdvisor)
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Huge landslide hits Britain's most beautiful beach

What visitors say: "Beautiful turquoise water, stunning coast line This place is so gorgeous, you might never want to leave. Do come early though since it tends to get crowded in Summer time." 

What visitors say: "Excellent beach. Amazing blue water, amazing blue sky, great place for snorkeling (a lot of little fish waiting to get three wishes from travellers)." 

What visitors say: "Lovely and romantic location, in a small piece of paradise in Liguria."

What visitors say: "Great stretch of sand and dunes - and the added attraction of the ruins of a roman town and amphitheatre for some historical interest."

What visitors say: "Amazing, beautiful views of Christchurch, the beach and surrounding area. Well worth a visit even on a blustery day."

What visitors say: "This place is beautiful! The sea is lovely blue, clear and warm and the view is even better when walking up the hill to the monastery. There isn't much to do here, but I always have to come back, just to see the view."

What visitors say: "St Pauls Bay! A has to be said. The water is crystal clear, and is protected from wind by the headland that forms the bay itself. It is just bliss swimming out to the rocks at the entrance to the bay, or swimming further out into the aegean."

What visitors say: "Majestic view. One of the most incredibly beautiful places in Crete. it's a place that you will never forget."

What visitors say: "Absolutely stunning. We rented a boat for the day and when we arrived we just set down anchor in the perfect crystal clear water and swam to shore. It was an incredible experience!" 

What visitors say: "One of the most beautiful places in Mediterranian, love it! Sea is beautiful, water - crystal clear, sand - white and bay - just amazing."

What visitors say: "No wonder the stars love San Sebastian. I loved strolling along the beaches and Playa de la Concha was perfect."

What visitors say: "Beautiful and stunning what more can I say? Well take your camera as you won't want to forget the amazing view. Soft sand, waves to play, rocky edges to explore."

What visitors say: "A totally unspoilt soft sandy beach which is a protected area - where the loggerhead turtles come to lay eggs. There are a few straw umbrellas and a lovely little beach cafe, surrounded by mountains."

What visitors say: "If you want plenty of sand in a spectacular place look no more than Woolacombe. Once you have been there you will know what I mean. There are beautiful places in the world but this beach is the best. The sea is blue the setting is gorgeous."

What visitors say: "It is a dream, go and see for yourself! Cala Mariolu is in my top three best coves in Golfo di Orosei!"

What visitors say: "It has to be the best beach I've spent the day at due to mountains in the background, clear water, fresh salads at the concession stand, the knee deep water that goes way out, the pink sand, the gorge you pass on the way to the beach, a laid back crowd that filled every chair."

What visitors say: "Catch the low tide and the Cathedral will reveal itself. It is one of the most breath-taking natural attractions I've seen. The beach itself is gorgeous, just the view on top of the rocks of the Atlantic will make one feel dizzy with pleasure."

What visitors say: "Rhossilli Bay is stunning. The walks along the cliff top are breathtakingly magnificent - walk until you reach past the Visitors Centre and just look out to Worms Head - what a view."

What visitors say: "The beaches of Ses Illetes on Formentera are absolutely amazing.... Crystal clear water,white sandy beaches...just like in the Caribbean, right here in the Med."

What visitors say: "This is by far the most beautiful beach I have been on earth. Crystal clear blue/green water which you can walk in for half a mile, sand bars everywhere. I cannot begin to describe how beautiful this place was." 


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