England Coast Path: Aust to Brean Down

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

Map of the stretch

Natural England has begun to investigate how to improve coastal access along a 80 km stretch of the Severn Estuary between Aust and Brean Down. This new access is expected to be ready in 2018.

Officers from South Gloucestershire, Bristol, North Somerset and Somerset 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.

  1. England Coast Path: plan of the Aust to Brean Down stretch

    • Map

Stage of progress

Stage 2 and 3: Develop and Propose

Natural England is now visiting all the land on this stretch of coast that is likely to be affected by our proposals and discussing the options in detail with:

  • people who own or manage the land
  • relevant local and national organisations who have an interest in the stretch

After final discussions have been held with those who have a legal interest in the land, Natural England will begin refining and checking their proposals to improve access to this stretch of coast. This may start sooner for some sections of the stretch than others.

The proposals will be finalised and then published in a report to the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. This is expected to take place in 2017. Once published, the report will be available on GOV.UK and advertised in the local press.

Copies of the report will be placed in council offices and other appropriate locations in the local area for people to view.

Natural England will contact affected owners and occupiers and the local and national organisations that must be notified by law, to make sure they’re aware that the report has been published.

Next steps

Stage 4: Determine

Once the report has been published, you’ll have 8 weeks to comment on the proposals.

Anyone who wishes to comment will be able to make a representation on the report and owners or occupiers of affected land will be able to make an objection.

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

For advice on making a representation or objection, see the detailed guide below.

  1. England Coast Path: comment on new proposals

    • Detailed guide

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 for any comments, suggestions or queries you have about improving coastal access.

Coastal Access Delivery Team – Somerset, Avon and Dorset

Natural England
Temple Quay House
2 The Square


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

  1. England Coast Path in the west of England

    • Map