England Coast Path: Walney Island

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

Map of the stretch

Since August 2015, Natural England has been preparing proposals to improve public access along a 33 km stretch of the Cumbrian coast around Walney Island.

Stage of progress

Stage 5: Open

On 27 March 2017 the Secretary of State announced her decision to approve a stretch of the England Coast Path in Cumbria around Walney Island.

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. These are expected to be ready in summer 2019.

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 (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 30 November 2018 + show all updates
  1. Expected date of completion is now summer 2019.
  2. Page updated to show that this stretch has been approved by the Secretary of State.
  3. Consultation window has now closed. Link to consultation details removed.
  4. Page updated as Natural England's proposals have been published.
  5. First published.