The 93 km (58 mile) stretch of the England Coast Path (ECP) from Brean Down to Minehead is now open to the public. Coastal access rights came into force along this stretch of coast on 15 March 2016 by order of the Secretary of State.
The maps in Natural England’s original report to the Secretary of State also show the route of the ECP along this stretch of coast and any land on the landward side of the route that is coastal margin, as approved by the Secretary of State on 10 July 2014.
On 15 January 2016 the Secretary of State announced her decision to approve proposals to change the previously approved route for this stretch of coast in 2 places: Dunball Wharf and St Audries Bay. Natural England’s variation report, proposing these changes, is still available to view.
Stage of progress
Stage 5: Open
If you’re planning a walk on the ECP, 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.
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 ECP passes through your land.