Coastal Access in Cornwall: Newquay to Penzance

Find out about the progress of improving coastal access – including maps, process and timing – in Cornwall.

Map of the stretch

Natural England has begun to investigate how to improve coastal access along a 128km stretch of the South West Coast Path between Newquay and Penzance.

Officers from Cornwall Council are providing Natural England with expert local advice and helping to make sure there is full consultation with local interests during the development of the route.

Stage of progress

Stage 4: Determine

On Thursday 20 June 2019, Natural England submitted a collection of reports to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs setting out the proposals for improved access to the coast between Newquay and Penzance.

The period for making representations and objections about the reports closed at midnight on Thursday, 15 August 2019. The reports are still available to view.

Objections are forwarded for consideration by an independent planning inspector appointed by the Secretary of State. The inspector will make recommendations to the Secretary of State in respect of each one.

Natural England may not make any further changes to the reports as a result of the representations and objections, but will make comments about them for consideration by the Secretary of State and, in the case of objections, the appointed person (an inspector from the Planning Inspectorate).

The Secretary of State will consider all the representations and objections before making a decision about Natural England’s reports.

Next steps

Stage 5: Open

Once the Secretary of State has approved the reports, Natural England will start work with Cornwall Council on preparing the route for public use.

The first step will be to contact owners and occupiers of the affected land to discuss the design and location of any new infrastructure which is required such as signs and gates.

When preparations are complete, new access rights will be brought into force along the route and adjoining spreading room.

Find out more about the England Coast Path

See information about all stretches in preparation around England’s coast.

The coastal access scheme gives details of the process being followed to improve access to the coast.

Contact the coastal access team

Contact Natural England with any comments, suggestions or queries you have about improving coastal access.

Coastal access delivery team (South west)

Natural England
Ground Floor, Sterling House
Dix’s Field


See the map below for information about progress on improving coastal access in other parts of the South West.

Published 30 June 2017
Last updated 16 August 2019 + show all updates
  1. Page updated to show the opportunity to comment on the reports has ended.
  2. Page updated to show this stretch is now at stage 4.
  3. Removed the sentence giving a date for when access is expected to be ready. Publication of the report is expected in summer 2019.
  4. Dates amended: publication of report now expected in 2019. Access expected to be ready in 2020.
  5. Page updated to stretch now at stage 2/3
  6. First published.