Walks And Walking – England Coast Path In Sight
The Ramblers is celebrating the recent government announcement that the English Coast Path will soon be open for all to enjoy.
Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has announced that the England Coast Path – a longstanding Ramblers dream to give people access to all 3,000 miles of our beautiful coastline – will be completed and open for all to enjoy by 2020. Previous timetables had only outlined work on the project up to 2016 and – with fears that progress could stall – there was no date for completion in sight.
The announcement of greater investment and a speeded up delivery is warmly welcomed by the Ramblers. Throughout its 80 year history, the charity has led the campaign to open up our coast line for everyone to enjoy. In 2009, Ramblers won the right to walk along the coast and explore our beautiful beaches* but development of the England Coast Path on the ground has been slow. The Ramblers has campaigned for this right to become a reality and fulfil its dream of opening up the coast for all.
Benedict Southworth, Ramblers chief executive, said:
“We’re overjoyed that the government has recognised the huge public love for our coast and the enormous benefits access to our coastline will bring.
“Investing in the coast path is not just good news for walkers, but will help to breathe new life into our coastal towns and villages, boosting tourism and the local economy and reconnecting people with their stretch of coast, helping to promote health and wellbeing.
“The Ramblers has been the driving force behind the campaign to open up the coast for everyone to enjoy, bringing beaches for kids to play on and cliffs for climbers to clamber up, and we’re thrilled that this dream is soon to become a reality.
“We thank the government for bringing these benefits to the nation and look forward to walking on the completed England Coast Path.”