England Coast Path: Aldeburgh to Hopton-on-Sea

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

Map of the stretch

Natural England has begun to investigate how to improve coastal access along a 60 km stretch of the Suffolk coast between Aldeburgh and Hopton-on-Sea.

Officers from Suffolk County 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.

The route is expected to follow the Suffolk Coast Path where this meets everyone’s needs, but have scope to vary this where necessary.

Stage of progress

Stage 4: Determine

On 29 January 2020, 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 Norfolk and Suffolk coast between Aldeburgh and Hopton-on-Sea.

You can now read the reports.

Anyone can comment on the proposals (make a representation). Landowners and occupiers can make an objection.

Representations and objections must be received by Natural England no later than midnight, Wednesday 25 March 2020.

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 Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils 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.


Telephone: 0208 026 1753

England Coast Path Team
Natural England
Suite D
Unex House
Bourges Boulevard

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

Published 2 October 2015
Last updated 29 January 2020 + show all updates
  1. Page updated to show this stretch is now at stage 4.

  2. Changed expected date for publication of the reports to early 2020.

  3. Removed the sentence giving a date for when access is expected to be ready. Publication of the report is expected in autumn 2019.

  4. Publication of report now expected in spring 2019. Access expected to be ready in 2020.

  5. Updated page to show that work on this stretch has reached stage 2 and 3.

  6. First published.