Following days of torrential rain across most of Britain, landslides and rockfalls have become a danger, particularly along the south western coastline of England.
The Met Office weather centre is reported in the Metro
"We have had such heavy and persistent rain fall over the last few days and weeks that there is a danger of landslides and rockfall along the coast, even on coastal paths."
Continuous rain throughout most of December has led to 2012 being declared one of the the wettest years in Britain since records began in 1910. The rain is set to continue right through into the New Year holiday.
reports that the Environment Agency has more than 120 flood warnings in place across England and Wales, with the South West most affected. The British Geological Survey has warned walkers to be especially careful along the South West Coastal Path which runs through the counties of Dorset, Devon, Cornwall and Somerset and which, as an area of natural beauty, is very popular with walkers.
news warns walkers to stay away from cliff edges and not to walk under cliffs if they are enjoying a Boxing Day stroll along the beach, due to the danger of rocks falling after having been loosened by the rain or even of part of the cliff face collapsing onto the beach.
So,while the Christmas cards on the mantelpiece may show scenes of snow and winter wonderland, the reality for most of Britain is rain, rain and more rain.