YOUNGSTERS are putting themselves at risk by ignoring warnings to keep off a coastal path in danger of collapse, rangers have warned.
A stretch of clifftop footpath in Flint could cave in at any time, experts said yesterday.
The shoreline was weakened when some of the highest tides in more than a decade and high waves battered Flintshire’s coast last week.
Now rangers are asking the public to steer clear of the waterside walking route until a full survey of the damage is conducted , citing dangerous overhangs and areas of landslip.
The commonly-used path has now been chained off, but people – especially children – are venturing out regardless.
Karen Rippin, a coastal ranger with Flintshire Countryside Services said: “I have checked the coastline in that area and there are overhangs.
“There are also slippage areas that are fractured and if people stand near the edge there is a danger the ground could fall away beneath them.
“There is an unofficial path near to the public footpath that people tend to use.
have put up signs and chained gates shut but we are finding people are climbing over them and still walking along there – children in particular.
“We are advising people to stay away from the cliff edge.”
Last Friday’s storms saw some of the highest tides in more than 15 years in the Dee Estuary.
Gale force winds and heavy rain also hit the region. Flintshire escaped serious flooding, but Cllr Bernie Attridge, Flintshire Cabinet member for environment, urged people to heed the footpath safety warning.
He said: “We have shut the gates and put up signs to let people know which section is closed.
“In the past, fences and signs have been torn down so we are asking people to be aware and to follow the public footpath until further notice. Access around Flint foreshore is unaffected by this.”
He added that, in light of recent high tides and winds, people are reminded to stay away from sea-fronts and exposed coastal paths.