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.
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.