England Coast Path: Filey Brigg to North Gare

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

Map of the stretch

Progress: Filey Brigg to Newport Bridge

Maps of the route

The 110 km (68 miles) stretch of the England Coast Path (ECP) from Filey Brigg to Newport Bridge is now open to the public. Coastal access rights came into force along this stretch of coast on 21 July 2016 by order of the Secretary of State.

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

Natural England’s original proposals were approved with modifications by the Secretary of State on 15 January 2016.

The changes include minor amendments to the landward boundary of the coastal margin shown on the maps within the North York Moors National Park. The text description remains unchanged.

The area of land south of the River Tees is subject to a direction excluding the right of access under section 24 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000. This direction has been modified to include industrial land further to the west of Smiths Dock Road.

See the section 52 notice for more information.

Stage of progress

Stage 5: Open

If you are 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.

Progress: Newport Bridge to North Gare

Stage 5: Open

On 21 July 2016 the Secretary of State announced her decision to approve a stretch of the England Coast Path in Stockton-on-Tees and Hartlepool between Newport Bridge and North Gare.

Natural England’s report to the Secretary of State is still available to view.

Natural England will publish further details of the approved route in due course.

Next steps

Work is now underway to prepare the new stretch of coast path for public use. The first step is to contact owners and occupiers of the affected land to discuss the design and location of any new infrastructure which is needed, such as signs and gates.

When preparations are complete, new access rights will come into force along the route and adjoining spreading room.

For further advice see the detailed guide below.

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 about improving coastal access:

Coastal access delivery team (North east)

Natural England
Mail Hub
County Hall
Spetchley Road


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

Published 24 June 2014
Last updated 4 June 2019 + show all updates
  1. Removed the sentence giving a date for when access to the Newport Bridge to North Gare stage of this stretch is expected to be ready.
  2. Date the Newport Bridge to North Gare part of the stretch expected to be ready is now summer 2019.
  3. Access on the Newport Bridge to North Gare part of this stretch expected to be ready in spring 2019.
  4. Updated page for the opening of the Filey Brigg to Newport Bridge stretch and the Secretary of State's decision on the Newport Bridge to North Gare stretch.
  5. Updated page for the end of opportunity to comment on the Newport Bridge to North Gare proposals.
  6. Updated page with information about Natural England's proposals for Newport Bridge to North Gare.
  7. Added details of Secretary of State's decision on Natural England's proposals.
  8. Updated text as work on stretch between Filey Brigg and Newport Bridge has reached stage 4 .
  9. Formal proposals published for consultation
  10. First published.