England Coast Path: Ramsgate to Whitstable

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.

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.

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)

Natural England
Floor 9, International House
Dover Place


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
Last updated 4 June 2019 + show all updates
  1. Removed the sentence giving a date for when access is expected to be ready.

  2. Date amended: access expected to be ready in 2019.

  3. Page updated to show that this stretch has been approved by the Secretary of State.

  4. Updated page as work on this stretch has reached 'stage 4: determine'.

  5. Proposed route published

  6. First published.