England Coast Path: Maldon to Salcott

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

Map of the stretch

Natural England has begun to investigate how to improve coastal access along a 39 km stretch of the Essex coast between Maldon and Salcott. This new access is expected to be ready in 2020.

Officers from Essex County 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 5: Open

On 25 January 2018 the Secretary of State announced his decision to approve a stretch of the England Coast Path in Essex between Maldon and Salcott. Natural England’s report to the Secretary of State is still available to view.

Natural England will publish further details of the approved route in due course.

Next steps

Work is now underway to prepare the new stretch of coast path for public use. The first step is to contact owners and occupiers of the affected land to discuss the design and location of any new infrastructure which is needed, such as signs and gates.

When preparations are complete, new access rights will come into force along the route and adjoining spreading room. This is expected to be ready by 2020.

For further advice 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.


Telephone: 0208 026 3837

Coastal Access Delivery Team – Essex
Natural England
Area 3A
Nobel House
17 Smith Square

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

  1. England Coast Path in Essex
Published 9 October 2015
Last updated 3 December 2018 + show all updates
  1. Date amended: access expected to be ready in 2020.
  2. Page updated to show this stretch is now at stage 5.
  3. Stretch is now at stage 4. Updated page with details of the proposals report.
  4. Updated page to show that work on this stretch has reached stages 2 and 3.
  5. First published.