Seahouses path moved inland after tourist death

Work has begun to move parts of a cliff top path at Seahouses further inland following the death of a tourist last summer.

Fifty nine year-old Christine Craven from Leeds fell 30 feet from the cliff top route at Braidcarr Rocks, Seahouses in August.

The public footpath, which was slippery due to heavy rain at the time, is part of the Northumberland Coast Path that travels south from the village to Seahouses Golf Club.

Mrs Craven was walking along the cliff top with her family in stormy conditions when she fell onto rocks beneath at North Sunderland Point, also known as the Snook.

Following the tragedy, Northumberland County Council made initial changes in a bid to improve safety.

It put up signs warning people of the sheer drop down the cliffs, levelled off the surface of the path and cut back vegetation.

But during the inquest into Mrs Craven’s death in November, coroner Tony Brown expressed concerns that similar circumstances could happen again, and called for a review of safety along the public pathway.

As a result, work to move fencing further inland of the cliff has now begun and should be completed in the next fortnight.

Further work to resurface the path is due to be completed by the end of March. Permanent signs warning of the dangers of the drop are also due to be erected.

Mike Jeffrey, countryside access and recreation manager at Northumberland County Council, said: “Following the tragic fatal accident last summer the coroner asked the county council to consider what action could be taken to improve safety on the cliff top path at Seahouses.

“We have now reached an agreement with the landowner to move the adjacent fence back from the cliff to avoid the need for walkers to pass so close to the edge of the cliff.

“This work is underway and will be completed by mid February.”

Mr Jeffrey added: “We also propose to lay a stone path surface and to erect permanent signage drawing path users attention to the cliff hazard.”