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
The route is available to view on the National Trails website.
The maps in Natural England’s original report also show the route of the ECP along this stretch of coast (except for maps 1.4 and 1.5) and the adjoining land that is coastal margin, as approved by the Secretary of State on 23 March 2015.
The original proposals were modified by the Secretary of State. These modifications include the provision of a long term alternative route near Richborough Port, Sandwich (maps 1.4 and 1.5 of the original report).
The alignment of the coast path will follow the original proposals along Richborough Wharf, with an alternative route used along Ramsgate Road, Sandwich during periods when the Wharf and an area north of Kingfisher Sluice are being used for commercial purposes incompatible with public access. The use of the alternative route will be reviewed after a period of 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.
- Policy paper
- Consultation outcome
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)
Floor 9, International House
Telephone 0300 060 0797
See the map below for more information about progress on improving coastal access in other parts of the south east of England.