In 2009, after many years of campaigning led by the Ramblers, the public won the right to walk along the entire coast of England. The Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 calls on the government to create a continuous walking trail around the entire coast of England, with wider access to beaches and open land as appropriate along the route.
All of us! As citizens of an island nation, the British public is passionate about our coast – we’re drawn to it. The English coastline is an integral part of our natural heritage. Visits to the coast to enjoy nature, exercise, relax and take in the open views are extremely popular. An England Coast Path would bring health, economic and well-being benefits.
Not all of it, no. The extent and quality of public access to the coast in England is patchy - in fact about a third of the coast is off-limits to people.
Good quality access exists in some areas, but in others is confined to narrow cliff tops, or paths and roads which take visitors far inland, away from the sea.
Thanks to Ramblers lobbying, the Government recently announced that the entire England Coast Path will be open by 2020.
The first stretch was opened in Weymouth in June 2012 and work on the trail is taking place in some parts of the country - Cumbria, Durham, Kent, Norfolk and Somerset.
The bad news is that the government has so far refused to say when the coastal route will be complete and open for the public to enjoy.
The England Coast Path will bring huge economic benefits and it only costs £1 a metre to build.
The South West Coast Path (on which the English Coastal Path will be based) generates £307 million a year for the local economy and supports 7,500 jobs.
The England Coast Path would give a much needed boost to our coastal communities - some of which are among the most economically deprived in England.
The Ramblers believe that people want and deserve better access to their natural heritage, and they should not have to wait another generation for it. The government has a unique opportunity to give something of genuine, lasting value to the nation and to show it is truly committed to being the 'greenest Government ever'.
Walkers in Scotland won a right to enjoy the coast in 2003 thanks to the Land Reform Act, which made Scotland one of the most walking friendly countries in Europe.
Wales became the first country in the world with a complete path around it’s coastline when the Wales Coast Path opened in May 2012. Ramblers Cymru celebrated the opening of the path with the Big Welsh Coastal Walk