Find out about the progress of improving coastal access - including maps, process and timing - in Dorset.
Maps of the route
The first 32 km of the England Coast Path, from Rufus Castle on Portland to Lulworth Cove, is open to the public. Coastal access rights came into force along this stretch of coast on 29 June 2012.
The route is available to view on the National Trails website.
Stage of progress
Stage 5: Open
The approved route is part of the South West Coast Path National Trail – adjoining parts of the South West Coast Path are also shown on the relevant maps above.
The 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 26 January 2012.
Coastal access rights apply within the coastal margin (including along the coast path itself) unless the land falls into a category of excepted land or is subject to local restrictions, exclusions or diversions.
The maps are for general reference purposes. If you are planning a walk on the England Coast Path, please use the interactive access maps instead, which include details of local restrictions, exclusions and diversions that apply at certain times.
You can still see the summary of the consultation and draft proposals on the Natural England archive page.
See the Defra press release announcing the first stretch to be open and further advice in the detailed guide below.
- Detailed guide
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 for any comments, suggestions or queries you have about improving coastal access.
Coastal Access Delivery Team – Somerset, Avon and Dorset
Temple Quay House
2 The Square
Telephone: Natural England enquiry team - 0300 060 3900
See the map below for more information about progress on improving coastal access in other parts of the west of England.