Beauty spot visitors dubbed ‘idiots’ after having a picnic perched on unstable cliff

Five people were slammed for a lack common sense as they climbed down the cliff to enjoy their lunch on the crumbling rocks at Hell’s Mouth, near Hayle, Cornwall this weekend

The group of three ‘reckless’ individuals can be seen having lunch on the steep cliff with two others climbing down to join them

Reckless youngsters who climbed half way down a cliff have been branded idiots after risking their lives for a picturesque Bank Holiday picnic.

Visitors to the beauty spot at Hell’s Mouth, near Hayle, Cornwall were slammed for eating their lunch while dangerously perched on the unstable rocks.

The group of three individuals can be seen on the ledge as two others venture down to join them.

The picture was taken over the Easter weekend and shows little to no earth underneath that would have saved them in the event of a rock fall.

The same area was previously the site for a large landslide in the area captured on video by a geologist as part of the 100 meter high cliff peeled away.

The same area was previously the site for a large landslide



The image was posted by twitter user Cornish Dave under the handle @burngold and he wrote: “People visiting Cornwall really really really need to think sometimes.

“I wouldn’t think this location is a great spot for lunch.

“The location of an impressive landslide only a year ago.”

Other witnesses also labeled the group’s actions as careless.

One said: “I saw the three having the picnic first, then the couple at the top where she’s sitting, there’s little to no earth under that slab.”

They climbed down the cliff at Hell’s Mouth on the north coast of Cornwall


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Another added: “Honestly! Bloody idiots! It’s the poor people that have to rescue these idiots I feel sorry for.

“How people lack such common sense I’ll never know.”

Permission has now been sought to use the image in local safety campaigns to highlight the danger of the cliffs.

Last year, Cornwall Council issued a warning after a series of landslides along the coast.

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Cllr Rob Nolan said: “We don’t know when and where rockfalls or landslides may occur, and we don’t know if they will be small or large-scale events.

“But we do know that they can be deadly.

“Please keep away from any cliff edges and keep clear of the bottom of the cliff.

“We don’t want anyone to get hurt and we don’t want to put additional strain on our emergency services at this time.”

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