England Coast Path: Walney Island

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

The 26.1 km (16.2 miles) stretch of the England Coast Path (ECP) around Walney Island is now open to the public. Coastal access rights came into force along this stretch of coast on 12 February 2020 by order of the Secretary of State.

Maps of the route

The route is available to view on the National Trails website.

The maps in Natural England’s original report to the Secretary of State also show the route of the ECP along this stretch of coast and the adjoining land that is coastal margin, as approved by the Secretary of State on on 27 March 2017..

Stage of progress

Stage 5: Open

If you are planning a walk on the ECP, check our interactive access maps for details of local access restrictions and coast path diversions which may apply at certain times.

Coastal access rights normally apply to all land that is coastal margin - including any land seaward of the route - unless it falls into a category of excepted land.

Use the links below to see details of the Secretary of State’s decision to approve Natural England’s proposals and for guidance on your rights and responsibilities if the ECP passes through your land.

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 (North west)

Natural England
Murley Moss Business Village
Oxenholme Road


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

Published 14 August 2015
Last updated 12 February 2020 + show all updates
  1. Page updated to show this stretch is now open to the public.

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

  3. Expected date of completion is now summer 2019.

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

  5. Consultation window has now closed. Link to consultation details removed.

  6. Page updated as Natural England's proposals have been published.

  7. First published.