Exciting news!

At the beginning of September 2017, Natural England announced that work had officially started on all stretches of the England Coast Path, the latest, and most ambitious, National Trail.  

The England Coast Path – the world’s longest continuous coastal trail – is an inspirational project born out of years of Ramblers’ campaigning.

Initially we helped to win the Marine and Coastal Access Act which made the coast path possible, when its funding was in doubt our members fought to keep it on track, and our volunteers across the country have been working tirelessly to walk, survey and map out the best route.

The final trail will be almost 3,000 miles long, and it is more than just a path - for the first time it gives the right of access to open coast, it allows people to walk over access land to explore beaches and foreshores, right up to the water’s edge.

"What a wonderful thing: to walk the entire length of a country's coastline, to trace its every nook, cranny, cliff face, indent and estuary. How better to truly appreciate the shape - and soul - of a nation?"
Lonely Planet on the Wales Coast Path

It won’t just be walkers that will benefit from this landmark project; it is a legacy for the entire nation. The England Coast Path will increase tourism and boost rural economies, it will connect communities, allow us to rediscover our national heritage, and create opportunities for people to enjoy the simple pleasures of being by the seaside.

Natural England has been busy working with landowners, highway authorities and others to open up stretches of the path, and in September 2017 announced that work has officially started on every stretch. There have been moments when its completion has been in doubt, so with the entire path being worked on and due to open in 2023, we’re getting excited!

On this page you can discover more about the England Coast Path, with blogs from Ramblers volunteers who are busy mapping and surveying the route, and Ramblers staff members who give the inside scoop on the history of the campaign.


Make a toast to the coast

Join us in toasting the coast this month in celebration of the progress on the England Coast Path. Join us and tell us why you love the coast - #ToastTheCoast

Whitby, North Yorkshire

Look out for Dracula! This route takes you through the bustling harbour and streets of Whitby, the picturesque Robin Hood's Bay, and finishes in Cloughton. The walk is part of the attractive and dramatic Cleveland Way.

  • Length: 16.6 miles
  • Time: 8 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Walking the English Coast

Ruth Livingstone, coastal walker and Ramblers member, takes us through the highlights of her recent journey round the coast and tells us why paths are so important to her.

Seven Sisters South Downs

England Coast Path - the whole story

Kate Conto, our senior policy officer, has been involved in the England Coast Path from the start. She tells us all about the highs and lows of this inspirational project.

Connecting the coast

Once completed, the England Coast Path will be the world’s longest continuous coastal trail. But how exactly is each new stretch of coast prepared, developed, proposed, determined and, ultimately, opened for walkers to enjoy?

Jurassic Coast, Dorset

The famous Jurassic coast was England's first natural World Heritage Site. This circular walk takes in the iconic Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove, as well as cliffs and ridges, perfect for panoramas of the sea.

  • Length: 16.2 miles
  • Time: 7 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate
Botany Bay

Kent's unique coast

Robert Peel has been at the heart of the coast path in Kent. He showcases the tireless work of the Kent volunteers in establishing the Kent stretch of the coast path.

The England Coast Past

Nicky Philpott, director of advocacy and engagement, takes a trip down memory lane to retell the history of the England Coast Path. Find out more about how the Ramblers helped make the path a reality.