Outdoor access and recreation – collection

England Coast Path: improving public access to the coast

Find out how coastal access is being improved, where work is in progress and where new rights of access are now available.

Latest news:

Newport Bridge to North Gare: Natural England has submitted proposals to improve access to the coast to the Secretary of State. Your opportunity to comment closes at 5pm on 18 May 2016.

Overview of progress

Work is well underway on the England Coast Path - a new National Trail around all of England’s coast.

For the first time people will have the right of access around all our open coast. This includes – where appropriate – any land, other than the trail itself, which forms part of the coastal margin and which has public rights of access along the way. This is known as ‘spreading room’.

Natural England expects to complete work on the England Coast Path in 2020.

The overview of progress map below shows:

  • the stretches that Natural England is currently working on
  • the stretches that are open
  • when work on new stretches is likely to start

Use the detailed maps on the National Trails website to help you plan a walk along the open stretches of the England Coast Path.

  1. England Coast Path: overview of progress

    • Map

Progress on the England Coast Path near you

The new right of access will be brought into effect at different times around the coast.

Use the maps below to find out which stretches of coast Natural England is currently working on and where the new right of access is available.

  1. England Coast Path in the north west of England

    • Map
  2. England Coast Path in the west of England

    • Map
  3. England Coast Path in the south west of England

    • Map
  4. England Coast Path in the south of England

    • Map
  5. England Coast Path in the south east of England

    • Map
  6. England Coast Path in Essex

    • Map
  7. England Coast Path in the east of England

    • Map
  8. England Coast Path in the north east of England

    • Map

Process to open a new stretch of the England Coast Path

Natural England follows the coastal access scheme when working to open a new stretch of the England Coast Path.

A summary of this process is available:

  1. England Coast Path: how a new stretch is established

    • Corporate report

Guidance for landowners and the public

  1. England Coast Path: comment on new proposals

    • Detailed guide
  2. England Coast Path: manage your land in the coastal margin

    • Detailed guide
  3. Open access land and the coastal margin: how to restrict public access

    • Detailed guide