Painted Cliffs At Sidmouth



Photograph; P Berry

The Triassic sandstone cliffs at Sidmouth are a famous landmark in Devon, noted for their earthy red colour. However, they made the news last week when the local Council was accused by a geologist of “corporate vandalism” for painting them the “wrong” shade of red.


Photograph: Daily Telegraph

East Devon district council have recently carried out work to stabilise the cliffs in Sidmouth by installing bolts set in concrete into the rock face. This has allowed the walkway under the cliffs to remain open and keep the public safe. Following the intervention work, contractors painted the concrete sections red to “help it blend in with the surrounding stone”.

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Photograph: Sidmouth Herald

But the new paint job has been criticised as being the “wrong” shade of red for the 220 million year old sandstone cliffs. It is never easy to replicate nature!

What colour would they need to use for cliffs or exposed rock in your area? Is there anything on the Dulux colour strip that matches?


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Head of Geography and Assistant Vice Principal at South Molton Community College, North Devon. Exeter Chiefs supporter!
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