Bring out the ice-creams because today we’re celebrating the government’s announcement to create a path along the entire Isle of Wight coastline. The fantastic news comes at the end of over five years of campaigning by our volunteers to get the government to include the island in the England Coast Path.
The Isle of Wight was originally left out of plans for a complete England Coast Path when the Marine and Coastal Access Act was passed in 2009. But thanks to our on-going lobbying the government has now decided to add the island to the scheme.
- Help us say thank you to the Environment Minister for listening to walkers like you.
And it wasn't just our supporters who were in favour of the path: the government asked the public and 98% of respondents said ‘yes’ to the seaside path - hardly surprising given our nation’s love of the humble English seaside.
The English seaside, as it should be
Benedict Southworth, Ramblers chief executive, said: “We’re thrilled by the government’s decision to include the Isle of Wight in the plan to open up the whole of the English coast.
“Creating a path around the entire Isle of Wight coast will allow all its residents and thousands of visitors to enjoy all the recreational activities the coast has to offer. Most importantly, people will be able to walk by the seaside, listening to the sound of the waves and enjoying the sea breeze, without having to turn inland and walk on busy and dangerous roads.”
We want to make sure everyone has the chance to get out and enjoy the benefits of walking along the coast and this achievement marks an exciting milestone in opening up more areas of natural beauty to the public.
Of course it’s not just good news for walkers; it’ll help breathe new life into the island’s coastal towns and villages, boost tourism and the local economy, and reconnect people with their stretch of the seaside.
Our dedicated supporters have paved the way for future generations to roll up their trousers, grab their bucket and spade and walk the whole way round the historical English island, once home to poet Lord Tennyson and even Queen Victoria.
Say thank you
If you've supported our campaign to include the Isle of Wight in the England Coastal Path, why not join us and say thank you to the Environment Minister? It's quick and easy with our handy little form.
Find out more about our One Coast for All campaign.