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.
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.