These are the remains of the cliffs at Sidmouth through which the Harbour Company attempted to cut a railway line . The track was to begin on the pedestiran promenade (left); enter a tunnel cut through the red cliffs (left), and emerge onto the beach at the point where the rock colour changes to limestone (centre). Track was then to be laid on the beach to continue the route to the next point of importance - stil undetermined when the company collapsed!.
Since the Company's efforts ceased, there have been numerous cliff falls, large and small (this photo was taken in 2006 and since then even more has disappeared in the winter storms with the result that the old cliff path on the top has long since disappeared into the sea together with the gardens of the homes which were built along Cliff Road and were originally some distance from the sea.
© Richard J. Brine