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England Coast Path: Brean Down to Minehead

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

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.

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 10 July 2014.

The outcome of objections to the report are on the Planning Portal website, also in the National Archives.

On 15 January 2016, the Secretary of State approved proposals for 2 changes to the agreed route. These were at the Dunball Wharf and St Audries Bay parts of the stretch. Natural England’s variation report proposing the 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.

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

If you have any further questions about the work we are doing then please contact us:

Email: westcoastalaccess@naturalengland.org.uk

Telephone: 0300 060 2050

Coastal Access West
Natural England
Horizon House
Deanery Road
Bristol BS1 5AH

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

Published 10 July 2014
Last updated 15 March 2016 + show all updates
  1. Updated page to show that the stretch is now open to the public.
  2. Added details of outcome for Dunball Wharf and St Audries Bay consultation.
  3. Added information about how to comment on proposals to change the approved route at Dunball Wharf and St Audries Bay.
  4. First published.