Onlookers slam couple for setting up camp on unstable 300ft-high cliff

Is this the world’s most dangerous picnic? Onlookers slam couple for setting up camp halfway down unstable 300ft-high cliff in Cornwall

  • Group of three pictured having lunch, as two others climb down to join them
  • Little to no earth underneath that would’ve saved them in event of rock fall
  • Part of the 100m high cliff previously peeled away in a huge landslide in the area 

Visitors to a beauty spot have been labelled ‘idiots’ for having ‘the world’s most dangerous picnic’ – halfway down an unstable cliff in Cornwall.

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

The picture was taken at Hell’s Mouth, near Hayle, 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 metre high cliff peeled away.

The image was posted by Twitter user Cornish Dave under the handle @burngold. 

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

The picture was taken at Hell’s Mouth, near Hayle, Cornwall, over the Easter weekend and shows little to no earth underneath that would have saved them in the event of a rock fall

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 years ago.’

Other witnesses also labelled 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.’

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.

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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