Dr Stuart Watts, ­chairman, Aune Conservation Society, Bigbury, writes:

Your intrepid and youthful reporter Sam Acourt was lucky to escape with only her dignity damaged by the experience of trying to beat the tide on the Tidal Road between Aveton Gifford and Bigbury, Gazette, September 18.

She now has an amusing tale to tell, along with some striking photographs.

However, others – some of them quite elderly – have had far scarier and more dangerous experiences when trapped on this treacherous stretch of road.

It is high time that Devon Highways either put up some more informative hazard ­warnings or installed some form of tide-activated system of flashing lights to protect ­members of the public who may be ignorant of the real dangers of taking this ­picturesque shortcut.