England’s Costal Path extended
Work is now underway to open more of England’s coastline as part of wider plans to complete a path that will eventually stretch out across 2,700 miles of stunning walking routes, covering 100% of the country’s coastline by 2020.
Currently people can explore 101 miles of coastline via the England Coast Path in Cumbria, Durham, Dorset and Norfolk, with a further 95 miles of new routes set to open in Kent and Somerset in the Spring.
Welcoming the development, Rural Minister, Rory Stewart, said: “We have already opened up miles of our beautiful coastline for everyone to enjoy, boosting local tourism and growing the rural economy, so it makes sense to extend these plans even further. We know that walking in the countryside is good for people’s health and wellbeing, and what better way to do it than with the accompaniment of a nice sea breeze?”
According to Andrew Sells, Natural England’s chairman, the coastal path will be a well-marked National Trail passing through some of our country’s finest landscapes such as the White Cliffs of Dover, St Bees Head and the picture postcard villages and cities that plot our colourful maritime history.