You can now comment on the proposals for improved access to the coast between:
Send your representations or objections to Natural England by the date in brackets.
Work is well underway on the England Coast Path - a new National Trail around all of England’s coast.
A European court judgement in April 2018 affected how Natural England could assess the impact of England Coast Path proposals on environmentally protected sites. Progress on the England Coast Path slowed as a result. Natural England continues to work towards opening as much of the England Coast Path as it can by 2020.
The overview of progress map below shows all the proposed stretches. Use this to identify the stretches that:
- are open
- are approved but not yet open
- have proposals published but not yet approved
- are in development
Use the maps on the National Trails website to help plan a walk on the England Coast Path.
As part of this work a ‘coastal margin’ is being identified. The margin includes all land between the trail and the sea. It may also extend inland from the trail if:
- it’s a type of coastal land identified in the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROW Act), such as beach, dune or cliff
- there are existing access rights under section 15 of the CROW Act
- Natural England and the landowner agree to follow a clear physical feature landward of the trail
In the coastal margin, you’ll usually have new rights to enjoy areas like beaches. Some areas will not have such rights because they’re:
excepted land, such as cropped land or buildings and their courtyards or gardens
- not suitable for public access, such as a saltmarsh or mudflat
Other parts of the coastal margin may be steep, unstable and not safe to access. You must take care of your own safety and look out for local notices.