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

The route is available to view on the National Trails website.

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.

  1. England Coast Path: manage your land in the coastal margin

    • Detailed guide
  2. Coastal access: Section 52 notice for Brean Down to Minehead

    • Policy paper
  3. Coastal access: Section 52 notice for Dunball Wharf and St Audries Bay

    • Decision

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:


Telephone: 0300 060 2050

Coastal Access West
Natural England
Temple Quay House
2 The Square
Bristol BS1 6EB

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