England Coast Path: Allonby to Whitehaven
Find out about the progress of improving coastal access - including maps, process and timing - in Cumbria.
The 35 km stretch of the England Coast Path (ECP) from Allonby to Whitehaven is now open to the public. Coastal access rights came into force along this stretch of coast on 11 April 2014 by order of the Secretary of State.
Maps of the route
You can see the route on the National Trails website.
There are maps of the stretch in the original report on the Natural England website in the National Archives. These maps also show the coastal margin. The Secretary of State approved the proposals in the report on 18 July 2013.
The outcome of objections to the report are on the Planning Portal website, also in the National Archives.
Stage of progress
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 allows walkers to follow a different route in the short to medium term.
On 10 May 2013, a definitive map modification order confirmed the addition of a public bridleway between points A and B near Micklam Farm.
Natural England chose not to align the ECP along the bridleway. Potential development on land at Micklam farm seemed likely to affect this part of the route.
The proposed development is not yet underway which is delaying establishment works. These will not begin until the situation on this section of the ECP is clearer.
If development does not happen, Natural England may consider a variation of the approved route. This could align the ECP between points A and B with the public bridleway.
There would be an opportunity to submit objections or representations on any variation proposal. After that process, the proposals would pass to the Secretary of State for approval.
Use the links below to see details of the Secretary of State’s decision to approve Natural England’s original proposals and for guidance on your rights and responsibilities if the England Coast Path passes through your land.
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 (North west)
Murley Moss Business Village
Telephone 0300 060 3900
See the map below for more information about progress on improving coastal access in other parts of the north west of England.