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.
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 or autumn 2018.
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: