England Coast Path: Kingswear to Lyme Regis

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

Map of the stretch

Natural England has begun to investigate how to improve coastal access along a 109 km stretch of the South West Coast Path between Kingswear and Lyme Regis. This new access is expected to be ready in 2018.

Officers from Devon County Council and Torbay Council 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 4: Determine

On 30 March 2017, 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 Kingswear and Lyme Regis.

The period for making representations and objections about the report closed at 5pm on 25 May 2017. The report is still available to view.

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

Next steps

Stage 5: Open

Once the Secretary of State has approved the report, Natural England will start work with Devon County Council, Torbay Council and Dorset 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 during 2018.

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.

Coastal access delivery team (South west)

Natural England
Ground Floor, Sterling House
Dix’s Field


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

Published 9 October 2015
Last updated 30 March 2017 + show all updates
  1. Page updated as Natural England's proposals have been published.
  2. Updated page to show that work on this stretch has reached stage 2 and 3.
  3. First published.