We’re celebrating today, 28th September, as Elizabeth Truss MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, announced her decision to approve three new stretches of the England Coast Path.
The new routes are:
Camber to Folkestone (South East);
Hopton on Sea to Sea Palling (East Anglia); and
Whitehaven to Silecroft (North West).
Work to prepare these new stretches of path will now get underway, with the hope that they will be open to the public by the end of 2016.
The Ramblers’ Policy and Advocacy Manager Tom Fewins said, “We’re delighted to see progress being made across the country. We’re three big steps closer to opening up the whole of the county’s coastline. New and improved access to the coast will bring huge economic, health and social benefits to communities, as well as providing walkers with a beautiful coastal route to enjoy.”
We have campaigned long and hard for the 3000 mile Coast Path, which represents a huge investment in the countries health and happiness. Last year, with the support of thousands of walkers all over the country, we persuaded the Government to commit to opening the entire path by 2020. By next year, work will be underway or have been completed on 60% of it.
All departments have been told to make savings as part of a Comprehensive Spending Review, which is taking place right now. We hoped that the England Coast Path would be protected. However, this reassurance has not come and we fear funding will be cut, pushing the completion date of the path far into the future.
Take action today and help secure the future of the Coast Path for everyone.