Coastal scene on the England Coast Path

Trail Information

The England Coast Path is being created in sections – you can see a map of which areas are being worked on here.  It will be shown on Ordnance Survey maps and as each section opens we’ll show it on this website. You can see open sections and their relationship to the other National Trails here.

New sections are opening all the time, check the map on the 'plan your visit' to see open sections.


The latst section to open is Hopton-on-Sea to Sea Palling in Norfolk.

Hopton-on-Sea to Sea Palling

This 21 mile (34km) section of the coast path offers a contrast of shady trees, dunes and beaches with lively seaside towns, entertainment and maritime heritage.

From Sea Palling, a new section of the coast path allows walkers to enjoy a quieter section of the coastline for the first time before entering the wildlife haven of Winterton-Horsey Dunes SSSI.

Camber to Folkstone, Kent

This stretch of coast includes the unique area of Dungeness, the largest expanse of shingle in the country. The coast in this area has been used by the mlttary for generations, there are many historical wartime defences to see, and modern MoD ranges at Lydd and Hythe. There are wide expanses of lovely beaches at Camber and Greatstone, with fantastic views along the coast. Enjoy a special and unique part of the coast here!    

Folkestone to Ramsgate, Kent

This stretch showcases England's iconic White Cliffs with their stunning views across to France, the wild area of Sandwich Peninsula with much wildlife, particularly birds, and views out across the extensive mudflats. Walkers can enjoy cliff top walks and more level areas around Deal, Sandwich and the lower cliffs at Ramsgate.

Filey Brigg to Newport Bridge, Middlesbrough

This 68 mile long stretch is the longest part of the England Coast Path yet to be opened and runs from the dramatic cliffs of the North Yorkshire coast, through the resorts of Scarborough, Whitby, Saltburn and Redcar into the heavily populated and industrial heart of Middlesbrough. The trail connects the communities of Teesside with their beautiful open coast, with its beaches, small fishing villages and remote cliff tops, and promotes tourism and healthy exercise in the area.
Part of this stretch comprises the coastal part of the existing Cleveland Way National Trail.  Whilst most of the Cleveland Way south of Saltburn has been adopted as the best route for the England Coast Path without much change, the ability of the path to adapt to coastal erosion via “rollback” has ensured that the path will be available for walkers in perpetuity - a major plus for this spectacular, but crumbling coast.

Brean Down to Minehead, Somerset

This section takes in 58 miles of the beautiful and diverse coast of Somerset. On clear days the fortified promontory of Brean Down offers panoramic views of the whole stretch to Minehead. The path takes you to Burnham on Sea, along the floodbanks to the River Parrett to Bridgwater and back to Steart Point then along the open coast to Hinkley Point. At Hinkley look for diversion signs while development work is taking place.
From Hinkley Point it heads west passing through the historic port of Watchet, before heading to Minehead where it joins the South West Coast Path.
At Brean, Burnham, St Audries and Helwell Bay, please check tide times as the path can be flooded during high tide.

Sea Palling to Weybourne, Norfolk

The 25 mile (41km)  section from Sea Palling to Weybourne extends along a stretch of coast steeped in historical, geological and wildlife interest. It is known for its farming and fishing and today as well is a  popular destination for holiday makers. Sections of it follows the existing Norfolk Coast Path between Cromer and Weybourne.

The towns and villages are interspersed by soft rolling farmland, golf courses and caravan parks with a number of extensive sandy beaches.

Durham, Hartlepool and Sunderland

The 34 mile (55 Km) Durham Hartlepool and Sunderland section follows the Durham Heritage Coast.  This coast was devastated by the mining industry throughout the 20th century.  The closure of the mines in the early 1990s changed the area dramatically, resulting in high levels of unemployment and poverty. However the reduction in industry has had a positive impact on the coast which has been restored through the Turning the Tide Project and now is a rich natural and cultural asset, important to the region’s economy and well being.

Hartlepool has always been an important maritime town and still is to this day. Tourists can enjoy the new marina, the Maritime Experience, and heritage trails around the town.

Sunderland’s history is tied to the sea and ship building. Today the city is popular for shopping and is home to the fascinating National Glass Centre as well as many other attractions, including the Stadium of Light, home of Sunderland AFC.

Please vist the European Marine Site Coastal Code website or download a copy of the code here


Allonby to Whitehaven

The 22 mile (35 Km) long west Cumbrian section links Allonby to Whitehaven. This coastal region has a fascinating cultural and industrial history. Shipbuilding, coal and iron ore mining, steel making, and chemical manufacture have all been major employers, but little of this remains today. Allonby is an intriguing old Victorian seaside resort with a fine beach, and nearby Maryport and its docks, have several tourist attractions including a Roman museum housing important artefacts with links to the nearby Hadrian’s Wall.

Iron and steel manufacture have always been part of Workington’s heritage, and it was here that the famous Henry Bessemer first introduced his revolutionary steel making process. In recent years, with the decline of the steel industry and coal mining, the town has diversified into other forms of industry.

Further south is Whitehaven. A sleepy fishing hamlet for many centuries Whitehaven grew rapidly in the 17th and 18th centuries to become one of the most important ports in the country. Today Whitehaven is once again thriving. The historic harbour still has its fishing fleet and is also a busy marina for leisure craft. A number of attractions in the town celebrate its rich and varied history.

Where next ?

As new sections open we’ll add the information here, and you’ll start to see new lines appear on the map. If you want to find out more about the process of creating the new rights visit

Scenes from the England Coast Path