England Coast Path: South Bents to Amble

Find out about the progress of improving coastal access – including maps, process and timing – in South Tyneside, North Tyneside and Northumberland.

Map of the stretch

Natural England has begun to investigate how to improve coastal access along a 69 km stretch of the South Tyneside, North Tyneside and Northumberland coast between South Bents and Amble. This new access is expected to be ready in early 2018.

Officers from South Tyneside Council, North Tyneside Council and Northumberland County Council 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 27 November 2017 the Secretary of State announced his decision to approve a stretch of the England Coast Path in Northumberland between South Bents and Amble.

Natural England’s report to the Secretary of State 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. This is expected to be ready in 2018.

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.


Telephone: 07786 028 824 or 07780 339 434


England Coast Path - South Bents to Amble
Natural England Mail Hub
County Hall
Spetchley Road Worcester

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

Published 14 August 2015
Last updated 27 November 2017 + show all updates
  1. Page updated to show this stretch has been approved by SoS.
  2. Updated page to show that opportunity to submit a representation and objection about the proposals has closed.
  3. Page updated as Natural England's proposals have been published.
  4. Updated page as work on this stretch has moved to stage 2/3: develop and propose.
  5. First published.