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.
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.
Natural England will publish further details of the approved route in due course.
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. This is expected to be ready in 2018.