VISITORS to Dorset's Jurassic Coast are being warned of potential landslides and rockfalls this winter.

Experts say that while these can take place anytime, the heavy rain and winter weather can heighten the risk.

They have reminded ramblers who enjoy the South West Coast Path, that the Jurassic Coast looks the way it does because of erosion - meaning it is always on the move.

Dorset County Council coast and countryside service manager Ken Buchan said: "The Jurassic Coast is a wonderful place to visit, but it is important to use common sense and caution.

"Stay away from the edge and base of cliffs and always pay attention to warning signs and safety messages."

Safety advice also warns visitors to check tide times before setting off on walks, to avoid getting cut off by incoming tides, and to be aware of the various mud flows in the area.

It is also recommended that dogs be kept on leads near the cliff edge.

The Dorset and East Devon Coast, popularly known as the Jurassic Coast, was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001.

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