Stage 5: Open
If you are planning a walk on the ECP, please check our interactive access maps for details of local access restrictions and coast path diversions which may apply at certain times.
Coastal access rights normally apply to all land that is coastal margin - including any land seaward of the route - unless it falls into a category of excepted land.
Route alteration near Micklam Farm
A change to the rights of way network in the vicinity of Micklam farm allows for a slightly different route to be followed by coast path walkers in the short to medium term.
17 December 2012 - Natural England published its proposals for improved access to the Cumbrian coast between Allonby and Whitehaven
18 July 2013 - these proposals were approved by the Secretary of State
10 May 2013 - a definitive map modification order had been made confirming the addition of a public bridleway to the definitive map of public rights of way between point A and B near Micklam Farm.
Natural England considered proposing that the ECP should follow the disused mineral railway (that now carries the bridleway) between points A and B , but chose not to do so due the apparent likelihood of a development on land at Micklam farm that seemed likely to affect that part of the route.
As the proposed development has not yet got underway, Natural England does not intend to undertake establishment works to the approved route of the ECP between points A and B until the situation becomes clearer. Should the development not proceed, Natural England will consider proposing a variation of the approved route, to align the ECP between A and B with the recently confirmed public bridleway. Any such variation proposal would be subject to the formal process of objections and/or representations, before being considered for approval by the Secretary of State.
Natural England’s report to the Secretary of State (which does not feature any modifications) is still available to view.
Use the links below to see details of the Secretary of State’s decision to approve Natural England’s proposals and for guidance on your rights and responsibilities if the England Coast Path passes through your land.