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Today we are celebrating another milestone along the England Coast Path, as we join Natural England for the official opening of the tenth stretch of the path to be completed, improving coastal access through South Tyneside, North Tyneside and Northumberland.
The new 71km stretch from South Bents to Amble will link up with the existing stretch from North Gare to South Bents, giving 124km of continuous coastal access.
Our chief executive Vanessa Griffiths, said: “We are thrilled to see another stretch of the England Coast Path being completed, giving everyone the opportunity to explore this beautiful part of the coastline in the North East.
“As Britain’s walking charity, the Ramblers protect and expand the places where people love to walk, so we are delighted to be working with Natural England to help open up the coast so that everyone can enjoy the outdoors on foot.”
Today’s celebrations take place at the iconic Souter Lighthouse in Whitburn, Sunderland, where rural minister Lord Gardiner cut the ribbon.
Lord Gardiner said: "This path is about partnership. Local government, Natural England, landowners and communities coming together.”
Until recently, a third of England’s coastline was inaccessible, but after years of campaigning by the Ramblers, work started on the England Coast Path in 2010.
At 2,700 miles long, the path will stretch around the entire English coastline. Not only will this open up new paths, it will create new areas of open access land so people can freely explore dunes, cliff slopes and beaches, right up to the water’s edge.
Natural England has been working with landowners, local authorities and others to open up new stretches of the path and our volunteers continue to work tirelessly, walking and surveying a swathe of coast, mapping out the best route for walkers.