Today we’re celebrating the government’s announcement that the entire England Coast Path will soon be open for walkers.
Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has announced that the 3,000 mile path will be complete and open for all by 2020.
We’ve been the driving force behind the campaign to open up the coast for everyone to enjoy, bringing beaches for kids to play on and cliffs for climbers to clamber up, and we’re thrilled that this dream will soon become a reality.
In 2009, we won the right to walk along the coast and explore our stunning beaches but development on the ground was slow. Through our One Coast for All campaign, we’ve been lobbying the government to open up our coastline and set out a full timetable for completion. And now they have.
So whether you’re waiting to stroll along a short stretch of the seaside near you, or want to walk the entire coastal circumference of the country, soon you’ll be able to.
The boost from government means that our coastal path will get more investment and will be completed sooner. But it’s not just good news for walkers – it’ll also breathe new life into our coastal towns, supporting tourism and local economies.
Thank you to everyone who has supported our One Coast for All campaign. And thank you to the government for bringing the glorious benefits of the humble English seaside to the nation.
You can already walk along the coast in Wales and Scotland. And some parts of the English path are ready to walk now. Why not find a walk or route to enjoy?
Photo credit: Joshua Brown