Cliffs of Moher collapsed

Located on Ireland’s spectacular west coast, a large section of a ledge at the Cliffs of Moher that was the scene of a daredevil cycling stunt has crumbled into the sea. The rockfall served to highlight the danger of getting too close to the popular cliff edge.

Cliffs of Moher collapsed

Controversial Cycling Stunt

Some years ago saw two mountain bikers Hans Rey and Steve Peat spark huge controversy after risking their lives cycling at the edge of the 20-metre stretch of the stunning cliffs. This track was very popular due to the internet publicity. The images on the internet of this track give terrifying views: on one side is Atlantic Ocean almost 600 feet below, a small imbalance, whatever be the cause, could directly throw the biker into the ocean. The cliffs offer breathtaking panoramic views of the rugged coastline, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Aran Islands.

Narrow and Hazardous Path

The path along the edge of the cliff is just inches wide in places, with narrow causeways jutting out over the jagged cliff edge, and a 214m drop onto jagged rocks or the Atlantic Ocean. Occasionally there are high winds or other hazardous weather conditions. The path was no wider than a metre in some places, with their actions condemned as "idiotic" after the pictures were posted on a Facebook page.

Visitor Safety and Warning Signs

Situated on the western coast of Ireland, in County Clare, the Cliffs of Moher stretch for about 14 kilometers (9 miles) along the Atlantic Ocean. There’s a sign that reads: ’Please do not go beyond this point’. But they are ignored by many tourists, some of whom are known to crawl out to the edge to get that perfect snap. The recent rockfall served as a warning to visitors. The pics illustrate why it is important to stay away from the edge and avoid sitting near the edge when visiting the Cliffs of Moher.

Popularity and Tourism

The Cliffs of Moher attract hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, making them one of Ireland's most visited tourist attractions. Boat tours and guided walks are available for those who wish to explore the cliffs further or view them from the sea. There is a plaque at the Cliffs placed in memory of those who have died in falls.
Pic&video: Hans Rey