Tag Archives: Walking the English coast

Longest coastal path in Britain

Originally a path for coastguards on the lookout for smugglers, the South West Coast trail is now Britain’s longest waymarked footpath.  As highlighted by the Marine and Coastal Access Bill, soon to be debated in Parliament, this is the most accessible part of the English coast.  The 630-mile trail between Minehead and Poole harbour is only interrupted by ferry crossings across river estuaries.  Check out the official guide.

Walking the English coast, all of it

Almost a thousand miles of new coastal paths will be created if the Marine and Coastal Access Bill is passed by Parliament this autumn.  Natural England, the government’s advisor on the environment, report that “On average you cannot walk further than two miles [on the English coast] without reaching an area of unsecure access or having to turn back.”   There is some opposition to the Bill, mainly from private landowners who don’t want ramblers on their property. Read more in the BBC