1 March 2021
Staithes: an interesting place to pitch a tent for the weekend
The UK is currently in a Covid-19 lockdown. It is illegal to stay away from home without due reason; all cafes, restaurants and bars are closed, as are non-essential shops. In general the population has responded well, and the statistics are all pointing in the right direction. The vaccine roll-out is a remarkable success – over 90% of the population aged 65 and over has now been vaccinated, as have most frontline health workers and those with medical conditions that render them particularly vulnerable. As I’m over 50, I can expect to receive a first dose by the middle of next month.
This is the context for a remarkable decision by a couple who, at the weekend, decided to take their child for spot of rough camping. Presumably wanting to get away from it all, they chose to pitch their tent at the top of the highest sea cliffs on the east of England near to Staithes in North Yorkshire. The Staithes Coastguard. posted images on their Facebook feed:-
No-one can deny that the campers chose a beautiful spot, and the weather this weekend was glorious:-
But at this site there is a long way to fall:-
A Google Earth image of this area illustrates why this location was a poor choice:-
The ditch between the tent and the fields is of course a tension crack for the block that is actively deforming. The tent has been pitched on the top of the landslide block. Landslides on this section of cliff are frequent and are sometimes fatal, sadly.
Overall, this was not a good plan.