Due to new government plans work is underway to open up half of England’s coastline as part of plans to complete a path around the whole of the English coast. The announcement by the Rural Minister marks the latest milestone is creating the one of the world’s longest walkways. The plan involves a pathway scoping around 2700 miles and covering 100% of the English coastline, the England Coast Path is happening due to a completely new right of access that gives everyone the legal right to explore the coast for the very first time. It is much more than just a path, it gives access for all to beaches, cliff-tops, and most of the wonderful habitats around the English coast.
In England, no one lives more than 75 miles from a coastline and as a nation there are over 70 million trips a year to the coast! This new pathway will allow more people who enjoy walking to explore and witness the beauty of the English coastline first hand. Once complete the England Coast Path will provide clear, well-managed access to the whole coast and give walkers the option to either take a short walk along their local coast or a more challenging hike covering a few routes.
The government hope that this will encourage more people to walk around the coast and witness the beauty of the coastlines as well as promote the obvious health benefits. Walking in the countryside is good for people’s health and wellbeing, and providing more access to the coastline brings huge benefits by both connecting people with nature and boosting local tourism. Tourism is hugely important to the rural economy, contributing around £11 billion each year – and by attracting even more visitors to explore the English iconic coastline, we expect the England Coast Path to benefit even more local businesses like pubs and hotels.
Recently they have released a map showing where all of the coastal walks will be and show the public when work will be starting in a particular area. On the map the Kentish routes start from number 18 on the map and go to number 25. These routes include Camber to Folkestone, Folkestone to Ramsgate, Ramsgate to Whitstable, Isle of Sheppy, Whitstable to Iwade, Iwade to Grain, Grain to Gravesend and Gravesend to Southend. Click here to see the complete map Coastal Access Map (Rural PLC)