Thousands of pebbles left strewn across Westward Ho! beach
THOUSANDS of pebbles have been left strewn across Westward Ho! beach after a combination of high tides and strong winds.
People enjoying the sunshine on the beach have noticed that the normally uninterrupted expanses of sand are now covered in pebbles having been pulled from the beach's pebble ridge by the tide.
This is not the first recent instance of erosion of the pebble ridge.
In November, Torridge District Council, who own the beach, and Devon County Council had to take emergency measures when severe erosion of the ridge and Northam Burrows caused a former rubbish dump, which had been buried for over two decades, to be exposed.
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But Mark Evans, the general manager of Royal North Devon Golf Club on Northam Burrows, believes it is the erosion of the sand uncovering the pebbles.
He said it reveals where the ridge used to be and how much it has been pushed back by.
He added: "There is always a lot of sand movement but this is one of the most extreme I have seen it, you don't often see this many pebbles."
People on the beach today said they had never seen pebbles on the beach like this before.
Brenda Rands, who lives in Westward Ho!, said: "I have never seen it like this. The whole beach is changing with erosion being bad down the other end too."
But not everyone thought the erosion was a concern.
Kirstine Durk, from Torrington, said: "I have lived in this area all my life but I have never seen it like this. It makes it interesting for the kids though. It means there are rock pools in the pebbles which they can play in."
Torridge District Council said they have not had any calls about the damage.
More damage could be caused with eight metre tides scheduled for this weekend.