Find out about the progress of improving coastal access - including maps, process and timing - in Cumbria.
Map of the stretch
Since April 2013 Natural England has been preparing proposals to improve public access along a 51 km stretch of the Cumbria coast between Whitehaven and Silecroft.
Stage of progress
Stage 5: Open
On 28 September 2015 the Secretary of State announced her decision to approve a stretch of the England Coast Path in Cumbria between Whitehaven and Silecroft.
The original proposals have been modified by the Secretary of State. The changes include minor amendments to the landward boundary of the coastal margin just south of Whitehaven. The landward boundary of the coastal margin now coincides with existing boundary features such as walls and fences.
See the consultation outcome page for more information.
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 late 2016 or early 2017.
Route near river Irt and river Esk
The full length of the trail won’t be available for use near the river Irt and the river Esk until new river crossings have been built and nearby sections of the route have been approved. Until this time, no new public access rights will apply on the sections shown on these maps:
- Detailed guide
- Consultation outcome
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 for any comments, suggestions or queries about improving coastal access.
Coastal access (north west)
Telephone 0300 060 3900
See the map below for more information about progress on improving coastal access in other parts of the north west of England.