New Coast Path opens

Spectacular seaside route is part of project to create world's longest coastal trail

20th July 2016
The White Cliffs of Dover – credit: Getty Images

66 miles of England's new coast path have opened to the public in Kent and East Sussex.

The path between Camber and Ramsgate is the first section of the England Coast Path to open in the Southeast.

It’s part of Natural England’s plan to open a single way-marked route connecting 2,700 miles of coast to the public by 2020.

The finished route will be the world’s longest continuous coastal trail.

Work is already underway on 60% of the path, including stretches in North Somerset, Northumberland, Devon and Essex. The route will include many areas not previously accessible to the public.

Another new section between Middlesbrough and Filey in North Yorkshire was due to open on 21 July.

The Kent to East Sussex stretch includes the White Cliffs of Dover, the extraordinary shingle landscape of Dungeness, the dunes and sweeping beach of Camber Sands, and Deal Castle.

The England Coast Path was “the most significant rights of way project for a generation’” according to Natural England Chairman Andrew Sells.

Environment Minister Therese Coffey said: “With none of us living further than 75 miles from the sea – many much closer – opening this path will allow more people than ever before to experience this national treasure first-hand.”

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