Find out about the progress of improving coastal access - including maps, process and timing – in Durham, Sunderland and Hartlepool.
Maps of the route
The 55 km stretch of the England Coast Path from North Gare to South Bents is now open to the public. Coastal access rights came into force along this stretch of coast on 11 April 2014 by Order of the Secretary of State.
These maps show the route of the England Coast Path along this stretch of coast and the adjoining land that is coastal margin, as approved by the Secretary of State on 18 July 2013. The route can also be seen on the National Trails website.
Stage of progress
Stage 5: Open
If you are planning a walk on the England Coast Path, please check our interactive access maps for details of local access restrictions and coast path diversions which may apply at certain times.
Coastal access rights normally apply to all land that is coastal margin - including any land seaward of the route - unless it falls into a category of excepted land.
Natural England’s report to the Secretary of State setting out the prosposals for improved access.
Use the links below to see details of the Secretary of State’s decision to approve Natural England’s proposals and for guidance on your rights and responsibilities if the England Coast Path passes through your land.
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
Coastal Access Delivery Team (north east)
Telephone: 0300 060 3900
See the map below for information about progress on improving coastal access in other parts of the north east of England.