England Coast Path: Gretna to Allonby

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

Map of the stretch

Since April 2014 Natural England has been preparing proposals to improve public access along a 98 km (62 miles) stretch of the Cumbrian coast between Gretna and Allonby.

  1. England Coast Path: plan of the Gretna to Allonby stretch

    • Map

Stage of progress

Stage 4: Determine

On 25 July 2016, Natural England submitted a report to the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs setting out the proposals for improved access to the coast between Gretna and Allonby.

The period for making formal representations and objections about the report closed at 5pm on 19 September 2016. The report is still available to view.

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

Objections are forwarded for consideration by an independent planning inspector appointed by the Secretary of State. The inspector will make recommendations to the Secretary of State in respect of each one.

Natural England may not make any further changes to the report as a result of the representations and objections, but will make comments about them for consideration by the Secretary of State and, in the case of objections, the appointed person (an inspector from the Planning Inspectorate).

The Secretary of State is expected to make a decision on the report in spring 2017.

Next steps

Stage 5: Open

Once the Secretary of State has approved the report, Natural England will start work with Cumbria County Council on preparing the route for public use.

The first step will be to contact owners and occupiers of the affected land to discuss the design and location of any new infrastructure which is required such as signs and gates.

When preparations are complete, new access rights will be brought into force along the route and adjoining spreading room. This is expected to happen in spring 2018.

  1. England Coast Path from Gretna to Allonby: comment on proposals

    • Closed consultation
  2. England Coast Path: comment on new proposals

    • Detailed guide

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.


Telephone: 0300 060 3900


Coastal access (north west)
Natural England
Juniper House
Murley Moss Business Village
Oxenholme Road

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

  1. England Coast Path in the north west of England

    • Map