No fears over Cleveland Way

The scene of the landslip that occurred earlier this month on the Cleveland Way
The scene of the landslip that occurred earlier this month on the Cleveland Way
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North York Moors National Park Authority has no concerns over the future of the Cleveland Way, despite a recent landslip that saw 36ft of the path fall into the sea.

Tonnes of the cliff, along with more than two metres of the popular coastal route were lost and a section of the footpath was closed following the “substantial” landslip between Saltwick Bay and the Hornblower earlier this month.

Yet, while the authority said that coastal erosion is “inevitable”, they cannot foresee stretches of the route becoming inaccessible.

“There’s no concern that we will lose or have to close the coastal stretch of the Cleveland Way for anything other than short periods to carry out maintenance work,” said Rachel McIntosh, from the authority.

“The footpath is now fully reinstated and was reopened within 24 hours.

“We made it a priority not only because of the popularity of the route, but also because we know many people who live in and visit Whitby like to head to the cliff tops to experience the wonderful views.”

Ms McIntosh revealed that, while it is possible that sections of footpath could crumble away, the authority is well-equipped to deal with further landslips.

She added: “We have a team of trails officers who are experienced in re-aligning the paths to make sure that they are safe and accessible to walkers.”