Access to the coast

image of the Devon coast 

We believe that everyone should be able to enjoy good quality access to the coast in England.We are an island nation and our coast is very special to many people. The English coastline is home to some of the country’s most spectacular natural scenery but also tosome of its most economically deprived communities.We are proud to have campaigned successfully for improved coastal access and to have the England Coast Path extended to include the Isle of Wight, which was not included in the initial plans.Good quality, well-promoted walking routes bring significant economic benefits and improve the wellbeing of residents and visitors alike.

We have been working closely with Natural England, who have a legal duty to create the England Coast Path. Our volunteers have surveyed each stretch of coastline, put forward proposals for the route and given advice from the walker’s perspective. They are helping to make the England Coast Path the best walking experience that it can be.

The England Coast Path is due to be completed in 2021. It will be our longest National Trail and the longest continuous coastal walking route in the world.

Find out more about your coastal access rights.

Updated November 2020