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England Coast Path: Folkestone to Ramsgate

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

The 59 km (37 miles) stretch of the England Coast Path (ECP) from Folkestone to Ramsgate is now open to the public. Coastal access rights came into force along this stretch of coast on 19 July 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. The maps also show the coastal margin. The Secretary of State approved the proposals in the report on 23 March 2015.

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

The Secretary of State also approved modifications to the original proposals. These include the provision of a long term alternative route near Richborough Port, Sandwich.

The alignment of the coast path will follow the original proposals along Richborough Wharf. An alternative route along Ramsgate Road, Sandwich is for use when the Wharf and an area north of Kingfisher Sluice are being used for commercial purposes incompatible with public access. There will be a review of the alternative route after 2 years.

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.

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 this work, contact Natural England:

England Coast Path delivery team (South east)

Natural England
Floor 9, International House
Dover Place

Ashford
Kent

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

Published 17 July 2014
Last updated 19 July 2016 + show all updates
  1. Updated page: this stretch is now open to the public.
  2. Proposal outcome published
  3. Updated text with details of the public hearing.
  4. First published.