England set to have one of the world’s longest coastal walking routes by 2020
Plans for England Coast Path National Trail will see almost 3,000 miles of coastline accessible to the public by 2020.
A wooden sign for the coast path in Dorset. ©VisitBritain / Martin Brent
Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has announced that the England Coast Path will be completed by 2020. The announcement was made following fears that the project might stall after previous timetables had only outlined work on the project up to 2016 with no finalised date for completion.
The new National Trail will see beaches, wildlife habitats and cliff tops become accessible to ramblers and the general public after the announcement of greater investment and a fixed delivery date.
Throughout its 80 year history, the Ramblers charity has led the campaign to open up England’s coastline. Benedict Southworth, Ramblers chief executive, said: “We’re overjoyed that the government has recognised the huge public love for our coast and the enormous benefits access to our coastline will bring.
“Investing in the coast path is not just good news for walkers, but will help to breathe new life into our coastal towns and villages, boosting tourism and the local economy and reconnecting people with their stretch of coast, helping to promote health and wellbeing.”