The England Coast Path will take a step closer to completion on Wednesday 27 February with the opening of a new 16-mile route from Skegness to Mablethorpe in Lincolnshire.
Home to a long-established coastal tourism industry, the new route will benefit from improved access and signposting to allow visitors and locals alike to enjoy the diversity of the coast, with a new boardwalk at Chapel Point improving access to the North Sea Observatory.
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.
Encompassing the tourist hotspot of Skegness, wild sand dunes and the world’s first official cloud spotting area, this latest stretch will enable people to explore the route’s natural and diverse wildlife that have made the area their home.
Natural England has been working with landowners, local authorities and others to open up new stretches of the path and Ramblers volunteers continue to work tirelessly, walking and surveying a swathe of coast, mapping out the best route for walkers.
Tompion Platt, Ramblers director of advocacy and engagement, said: “We are thrilled that this gloriously diverse length of coastline has been made available with the opening of another stretch of the England Coast Path.
“Along with our fantastic volunteers, we are pleased to be working with Natural England to help open up the English coast line so that everyone can enjoy more of the outdoors on foot.”
Rural Minister Lord Gardiner, said: “England’s beautiful coastline is a sight to behold, and I am delighted that more people than ever before will be able to enjoy its striking scenery during this Year of Green Action.
“With Lincolnshire home to some of our most precious coastal habitats, the new stretch of path announced today will open up access while boosting valuable tourism for rural communities and businesses”.
When completed, the England Coast Path will be the longest continuous coastal walking route in the world. It will also become a National Trail – the nation’s finest and most popular long-distance paths.
The Lincolnshire launch comes during the government’s Year of Green Action, a commitment outlined in the 25-Year Environment Plan to inspire more people to engage with the natural world.
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