Bay landslide left giant boulders along coastline
A DRAMATIC landslide on Gower has left giant boulders sprinkled along the coastal landscape.
The natural phenomenon at Oxwich Bay happened sometime during the weekend.
It is thought that heavy rainfall and cold temperatures were to blame as expanding, freezing water ripped huge chunks of rock from the cliff, just a few hundred yards from a coastal footpath.
John Lovett walks the coastline every Sunday morning and was amazed to discover the landslide.
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"I have never seen anything like it," he said.
"It is truly a fantastic sight, some of the boulders are perfectly square and they have left a polished smooth sandstone cliff face behind.
"It is amazing."
Mr Lovett, who lives in Cockett, said: "It is quite clear that water which runs through crevices in the rock has frozen and then expanded, ripping it from the cliff.
"There are other parts of the cliff that look like cracking.
"It looks like another landslide could be possible and with a popular footpath so close it might pose a danger to the public."
Gower councillor Richard Lewis said coastal erosion was not uncommon in the area.
"We have had a tremendous amount of rain which may have dislodged something, and of course we have lost a few miles of coast through tidal erosion over the years," he said.
"But if we get a dry spell over Christmas the paths will be very popular and I will make sure there is no safety issue.
"There may have been no danger to the public this time but we don't want boulders hurtling towards people in the future either."
Swansea Council jointly maintains the coastal path with the Countryside Council for Wales.
A spokesman for the local authority said: "Initial investigations show there is no risk to public safety for people using the nearby footpath.
"We will continue to monitor the site."