England Coast Path: Shoreham-by-Sea to Eastbourne

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

Map of the stretch

Natural England has begun to investigate how to improve coastal access along a 50 km stretch of the Sussex coast between Shoreham-by-Sea and Eastbourne.

Officers from West Sussex County Council, East Sussex County Council, Brighton and Hove City Council and the South Downs National Park 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 19 December 2019, the Secretary of State announced her decision to approve a stretch of the England Coast Path between Shoreham-by-Sea in West Sussex and Eastbourne in East Sussex. Natural England’s report 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. 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.

Coastal Access Delivery Team - South East
Natural England
Guildbourne House
Chatsworth Road
West Sussex
BN11 1LD


Telephone: 0208 026 8045

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

Published 30 August 2016
Last updated 19 December 2019 + show all updates
  1. Stretch approved by the Secretary of State.

  2. Removed the sentence giving a date for when access is expected to be ready.

  3. Opportunity to comment on the report has ended.

  4. Page updated to show this stretch is now at stage 4.

  5. Page updated as stretch is now at stage 2 and 3.

  6. First published.