England Coast Path: Grain to Woolwich

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

Map of the stretch

Natural England has begun to investigate how to improve coastal access along a 78 km stretch of the Kent coast and Thames estuary between Grain and Woolwich. This new access is expected to be ready in 2019.

The end point of this stretch was changed in April 2017 from Gravesend in Kent to Woolwich in London in order to join the capital to the England Coast Path along the Thames Estuary.

Officers from Kent County Council, Medway Council, London Borough of Bexley and Royal Borough of Greenwich are providing Natural England with expert local advice and helping to make sure there is full consultation with local interests during the development of the route.

Stage of progress

Stage 2 and 3: Develop and Propose

Natural England is now visiting all the land on this stretch of coast that is likely to be affected by our proposals and discussing the options in detail with:

  • people who own or manage the land
  • relevant local and national organisations who have an interest in the stretch.

After final discussions have been held with those who have a legal interest in the land, Natural England will begin refining and checking their proposals to improve access to this stretch of coast. This may start sooner for some sections of the stretch than others.

The proposals will be finalised and then published in a report to the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. This is expected to take place in spring 2018. Once published, the report will be available on GOV.UK and advertised in the local press.

Copies of the report will be placed in council offices and other appropriate locations in the local area for people to view.

Natural England will contact affected owners and occupiers and the local and national organisations that must be notified by law, to make sure they’re aware that the report has been published.

Next steps

Stage 4: Determine

Once the report has been published, you’ll have 8 weeks to comment on the proposals.

Anyone who wishes to comment will be able to make a representation on the report and owners or occupiers of affected land will be able to make an objection.

The Secretary of State will consider all representations and objections before making a decision about approval of Natural England’s report.

For advice on making a representation or objection, 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 with any comments, suggestions or queries you have about improving coastal access.

England Coast Path delivery team (South east)

Natural England
Floor 9, International House
Dover Place


See the map below for information about progress on improving coastal access in other parts of the South East region.

Published 23 September 2016
Last updated 19 May 2017 + show all updates
  1. Stretch has now moved to stage 2/3
  2. Page updated: Grain to Gravesend has been extended and renamed Grain to Woolwich.
  3. The end point of this stretch was changed in March 2017 from Gravesend in Kent to Woolwich in London in order to join the capital to the England Coast Path along the Thames Estuary.
  4. First published.