Find out about the progress of improving coastal access - including maps, process and timing – in Kent.
Map of the stretch
Since April 2013, Natural England has been preparing proposals to improve public access along a 40 km stretch of the Kent coast between Ramsgate and Whitstable.
Stage of progress
Stage 5: Open
On 12 December 2016 the Secretary of State announced her decision to approve a stretch of the England Coast Path in Kent between Ramsgate and Whitstable.
The original proposals have been modified by the Secretary of State. The changes include additions to the landward boundary of the coastal margin at Westgate-on-Sea. The landward boundary of the coastal margin now includes cliff top grassland and the boundary coincides with the edge of the green between St Mildred’s Road and Cedric Road. In addition, text has been added to the report regarding future land use changes in Whitstable.
See the consultation outcome page for more information.
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 in late 2017.
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 about improving coastal access:
England Coast Path delivery team (South east)
Floor 9, International House
Telephone 0208 026 8045
See the map below for more information about progress on improving coastal access in other parts of the south east of England.
Published: 10 September 2014
Updated: 13 December 2016
- Page updated to show that this stretch has been approved by the Secretary of State.
- Updated page as work on this stretch has reached 'stage 4: determine'.
- Proposed route published
- First published.
From: Natural England