Today we’re celebrating the opening of the next stretch of the England Coast Path between Brean Down and Minehead in Somerset.
Our volunteers in Somerset have been working hard alongside Natural England to ensure the best route for walkers was put in place.
From today, people can enjoy a continuous walking route along the 58 miles of new and improved path, which includes foreshore, beaches, cliffs and areas where everyone can rest, relax and admire the view, including new views that have been opened up across the Bristol Channel.
Nicky Philpott, Director of Advocacy and Engagement, said: “For years we campaigned for the right to be able to breathe in the sea air while freely following the country’s beautiful and dramatic coastline.
“The right for this path to exist was enshrined in law in 2009 and the Government reaffirmed its promise to create the England Coast Path last December (2015) after our award-winning campaign One Coast For All successfully saved the path from being cut.
“We’re delighted to see this new stretch of the England Coast Path opened in Somerset. There is huge public love for our coast and today brings us one step closer to achieving this longstanding Ramblers dream.”
The new stretch of coast path will bring huge recreational, social and economic benefits, offering more opportunities to get active outdoors, connecting communities via safe coastal routes avoiding busy roads and attracting visitors keen to explore by the sea.
The new route offers a significant improvement in Doniford, where a new 15 metre footbridge over the river Swill now connects the two sides of the village via an easy-access walking route.
The next stretch of the England Coast Path due to open is in Kent.