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We are delighted that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has announced that the first stretch of the England Coastal Path will be open this summer. The first section of route starts at Rufus Castle in Portland and will end at Lulworth Cove, both in Dorset, and covers 32km of coastline along with spreading room away from the path. The Environment Minister, Richard Benyon, has pledged that the route will be open in time for the Olympic sailing.
We are delighted that the first stretch is to be opened soon and look forward not only to the next five stretches* being completed but also to Defra giving the go-ahead for the creation of the path and accompanying access land right round the English coast.
*Cumbria – Whitehaven to Allonby
Hartlepool/Durham/Sunderland – North Bents (Whitburn Bay) to Seaton Carew
Norfolk – Weybourne to Sea Palling
Kent – Ramsgate to Folkestone
Somerset – Minehead to Brean Down near Weston Super Mare