Coast Path through Burnham-On-Sea takes a step forward
in the Burnham-On-Sea area are one step closer to being able to
walk around the entire England coastline as Natural England has
this week announced that work has started on every stretch of the
England Coast Path.
The England Coast Path is a unique project to create the worlds
longest continuous coastal trail which the Government says it hopes
to complete by 2020.
our area, the path already stretches from Brean Down to Minehead,
passing Burnham-On-Sea, Highbridge, Berrow and Brean.
is also underway on the stretch from Aust in South Gloucestershire
to Brean Down, where Ramblers volunteers are working with
Natural England to discuss the best route that the England Coast
Path should take.
the path will also run from Minehead to Combe Martin in Devon, where
Natural Englands proposed route is currently being considered.
Ramblers director of advocacy and engagement, Nicky Philpott
said: "This is a huge milestone in the story of the England
Coast Path and one we should celebrate. Building sandcastles on
the beach, dipping toes in the sea and taking a stroll along clifftops
are favourite activities that cross generations and bring us all
it might surprise you that until recently, a third of Englands
coastline was inaccessible. The Ramblers has long dreamed of a country
where everyone can freely enjoy our beautiful coast, so we were
pleased that after years of campaigning, in 2010, work started on
the England Coast Path."
At almost 3,000 miles long, the path will stretch around the entire
English coastline. Not only will this open up new paths, it will
create new areas of open access land so people can freely explore
headlands, cliffs and beaches, right up to the waters edge.
Natural England has been working with landowners, local authorities
and others to open up stretches of the path and Ramblers volunteers
have worked tirelessly to walk and survey swathes of coast, mapping
out the best route for walkers.
Nicky added: "Wed like to thank our wonderful volunteers
who have spent hours exploring possible routes for the path. Using
their local knowledge and thinking with their feet they are helping
to ensure that the England Coast Path is not just a path, but one
of the most incredible walking trails in the world."
The Government hopes to complete the England Coast Path by 2020,
and the Ramblers is keen to ensure that plans are put in place to
maintain the path once its complete and has become a National
The Ramblers helps everyone, everywhere, enjoy walking and protects
the places we all love to walk.
is the only charity dedicated to looking after paths and green spaces,
leading walks, opening up new places to explore and encouraging
everyone to get outside and discover how walking boosts your health
and your happiness.
find out more, see www.ramblers.org.uk/EnglandCoastPath.