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A new National Trail around the coast of England

The England Coast Path

England Coast Path National Trail - The Trails Shop
England Coast Path National Trail - The Trails Shop
England Coast Path National Trail - The Trails Shop
England Coast Path - South Downs Way National Trail - The Trails Shop

The England Coast Path

The England Coast Path is a new National Trail, created under new legislation, which will follow the coast of England. The trail is being developed and opened in sections and some sections are already open. Once completed, the England Coast Path will be the longest coastal path in the world!


In some places, where there is already a coastal National Trail, you will see both trails waymarked. This includes the South West Coast Path, the Norfolk Coast Path and the coastal part of the Cleveland Way. Here you’ll see signs for the existing trail as well as signs for the England Coast Path.


Work on the trail has been delayed but in February 2022, the government that the England Coast Path will be fully walkable by the end of this Parliament.


The coast of England is varied and you’ll notice changes to the landscape, wildlife and habitat as you walk the trail. Long stretches of the coastline are designated areas of natural beauty and the landscape and wildlife is protected in many areas.

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Highlights include the coast of North Yorkshire and the picturesque fishing towns and villages including Whitby, Robin Hood’s Bay and Staithes. The Cleveland Way National Trail follows the coast from Saltburn-by-the-Sea to Filey.


The iconic White Cliffs of Dover in Kent, not only a symbol of home and war time defence but also worth visiting for stunning views, rare chalk grassland and a wealth of wildflowers, butterflies and birds.


Stretching from East Devon to Dorset, the Jurassic Coast is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a coastline rich in beauty, history and fossils. ‘Must visit’ places include the spectacular limestone arch of Durdle Dor, the pretty seaside town of Lyme Regis, Golden Cap – the highest point on the south coast of England, the beautiful Kimmeridge Bay, the dramatic Portland Bill and the Undercliffs National Nature Reserve. The South West Coast Path National Trail includes the entire Jurassic Coast.


From the Wirral peninsula to Lancashire and Cumbria, the north west coast of England includes the city of Liverpool, large seaside resorts of Southport and Blackpool and the more rural coastline of Cumbria, 100 miles stretching from the Solway Firth to Morecambe Bay. The Heritage Coast at St Bees marks the western end of Wainwright’s Coast to Coast Walk.


Nowhere in the UK is more than 70 miles (113) from the coast and it is estimated that around 3 million people (out of 60 million) live on the coast of the UK. The place furthest from the coast is Coton in the Elms in Derbyshire, which is equidistant from Fosdyke Wash in Lincolnshire; White Sands between Neston in Cheshire and Flint, Flintshire in Wales; and Westbury-on-Severn Gloucestershire.

How long will the England Coast Path be?

It is estimated that the England Coast Path once fully opened will be 2800 miles (4500km) long.

Is the England Coast Path open yet?

The trail is opening in sections however work has been delayed due to Covid and a European court judgement in April 2018 that affected how Natural England could assess the impact of England Coast Path proposals on environmentally protected sites. You can view the open sections of the trail on Natural England’s website.  

As of February 2022 the following sections are open to the public:

North West England
  • Allonby to Whitehaven
  • Whitehaven to Silecroft
  • Silecroft to Silverdale (Beach car park, Silecroft to Green Road railway station) Walney Island

West England
  • Brean Down to Minehead
  • Rufus Castle on Portland to Lulworth Cove

South East England
  • Camber to Folkestone
  • Folkestone to Ramsgate
  • Grain to Woolwich
  • Maldon to Salcott

East England
  • Hopton-on-Sea to Sea Palling
  • Sea Palling to Weybourne

North East England
  • Skegness to Mablethorpe
  • Filey Brigg to Newport Bridge
  • Newport Bridge to North Gare
  • North Gare to South Bents
  • South Bents to Amble

When will the England Coast Path open?

In February 2022 the Government announced that the England Coast Path will be fully walkable by the end of this Parliament.

Who can enjoy the England Coast Path National Trail?

Although the England Coast Path is being created for walkers, some sections will follow existing bridleways which are open to horse riders and cyclists. Please check carefully before setting off. Bridleways are marked on Ordnance Survey maps.

Is the England Coast Path accessible?

The England Coast Path has been designed to be as accessible as possible with minimal use of barriers such as stiles. Due to the nature of the coast you will find that there are steps in places and these are often long flights and could be steep. In some areas the trail will follow paved promenades or other land suitable for wheelchair users, including people using most types of mobility vehicles or people with reduced mobility. The relevant local authority should be able to advise.

Taking your dog on the England Coast Path

Your dog is welcome on the England Coast Path. There may be stiles and you may pass through areas where sheep may be grazing or ground nesting birds breeding so please ensure you have your dog under control. Cows with calves are very protective and can be aggressive towards dogs. Try to avoid walking close to cows with calves, if you encounter any aggression release your dog, do not try to pick it up.  

Can I buy an England Coast Path guidebook and map?

Books and maps are being produced as the trail opens. Please visit our England Coast Path page to browse the books and maps currently available.  

Maps and Guidebooks for the England Coast Path

The England Coast Path: Exploring the World's Longest Continuous Coastal Path The England Coast Path: Exploring the World's Longest Continuous Coastal Path loading
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Kent Coast Path: Part 1: Camber to Ramsgate Kent Coast Path: Part 1: Camber to Ramsgate loading
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England Coast Path Minehead to Brean A-Z Adventure Map England Coast Path Minehead to Brean A-Z Adventure Map loading
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Northumberland Coast Path Official Guidebook Northumberland Coast Path Official Guidebook loading
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What are National Trails?

National Trails offer some of the best long-distance walking, riding and cycling experiences in England and Wales, officially supported by Natural England and Natural Resources Wales. All of the National Trails are within easy reach of buses, trains and the services of nearby towns and villages. In fact nowhere in England or Wales is more than 50 miles / 80km from a National Trail. Each National Trail has dedicated staff, often working with local volunteers, to look after the physical condition of the Trail, keeping paths, gates, stiles and signs in the best condition.

Which trails are National Trails?

Are there National Trails in Scotland?

In Scotland long-distance routes are called Scotland's Great Trails. There are 29 routes, at least 25 miles in length providing over 1,900 miles of well managed paths from the Borders to the Highlands. Each is distinctively waymarked, largely off road and has a range of visitor services and are are suitable for multi-day outings as well as day trips.


Scotland's Great Trails are:


  • Annandale Way
  • Arran Coastal Way
  • Ayrshire Coastal Path
  • Berwickshire Coastal Path
  • Borders Abbeys Way
  • Cateran Trail
  • Clyde Walkway
  • Cross Borders Drove Road
  • Dava Way
  • Fife Coastal Path
  • Formartine and Buchan Way
  • Forth & Clyde/Union Canal Towpath
  • Great Glen Canoe Trail
  • Great Glen Way
  • Great Trossachs Path
  • John Muir Way
  • Kintyre Way
  • Loch Lomond & Cowal Way
  • Moray Coast Trail
  • Mull of Galloway Trail
  • River Ayr Way
  • Rob Roy Way
  • Romans and Reivers Route
  • Southern Upland Way
  • Speyside Way
  • St Cuthbert’s Way
  • Three Lochs Way
  • West Highland Way
  • West Island Way