Last Updated: Wednesday 6th January 2021. Important: All National Trail users need to ensure they are following the latest Government rules and guidance. The relevant links are provided below.
There is guidance in England on staying safe and protecting others in green spaces.
Exercise is important for health and wellbeing, but please follow guidance to stay safe and protect others.
Read the full up-to-date rules effective in England here. Those relevant to visiting green space include you:
You should read the full advice and regulations for England here before exercising outdoors.
Relevant advice when using National Trails in England:
Remember – ‘Hands. Face. Space’
Find useful facts and learn more about the England Coast Path below. Select the blue tabs below for more details.
The England Coast Path is a new walking route that will follow the entire coast of England. For the first time people will have the right of access around all our open coast. This includes – where appropriate – any land, other than the trail itself, which forms part of the Coastal Margin. The path is being opened in sections but will, when completed, be the longest coastal path in the world. It will be a National Trail.
At the moment you can only walk some sections. The open sections are shown on the interactive map. As new sections open they will be added to the website maps. You can also see open sections and find out about progress on other sections on the gov.uk website.
In the North East, the following sections are open to the public (as of September 2019):
There are Route Descriptions in the Further Information section of this website.
The England Coast Path has been created under new legislation. In parts it follows existing public rights of way, but many sections are completely new and use a new right of access. Because of this it has different rules to public rights of way. Please make sure you obey any on-site signage.
In most places you don’t have to stick to the path. Land to the seaward side of the trail, shaded pink on Ordnance Survey Maps is Coastal Margin. Much of this land has public access. Although you have the right to explore away from the path please use common sense – the England Coast Path includes land that is steep, unstable and not readily accessible. Just because the maps says you can go there doesn’t mean it is safe to do so.
The England Coast will be the longest coastal walking route in the world when it is complete.
The England Coast Path is much more than just a path. It has been created under new legislation. It allows access to the coast including the cliff tops and the beach. Everything to the seaward side of the path is designated as Coastal Margin. This gives you the right to walk off the path. You can see where this land is – it is shaded pink on the 1:25,000 Ordnance Survey maps.
But, although the land is shaded pink, you don’t have the right to walk everywhere – the Coastal Margin includes land:
In some places the existing National Trail, or part of it, will become part of the England Coast Path as well, for example the South West Coast Path, Norfolk Coast Path and the coastal part of the Cleveland Way. In this case you will see signs on the ground for the existing Trail, but also some ‘part of the England Coast Path’ signs.
There are benefits to the existing National Trails becoming part of the England Coast Path as it makes it much quicker for the Trail managers to resolve any problems due to erosion. It also means that you are able to walk in the Coastal Margin.
You might find in some places the line of the existing National Trail is different to the line of the England Coast Path – in that case you can choose which one to take.
Visit our News Page for the latest interesting and exciting news on the England Coast Path
From the Scottish Border to the Wash this incredibly varied stretch of coast offers stunning beaches, castles, tiny fishing villages, famous seaside resorts and stunning landscapes. Several sections, adding up to 278 Km (173 miles) are open already and more will open over the coming years. This section of the England Coast Path offers a true taste of the North East. Explore the coast for three days, a week or even longer. Find inspiration for your walking adventure using our suggested itineraries, or select one of our bookable itineraries which are highlighted with a star.
Discover something new to explore every step of the way, from natural icons and historic attractions to coastal towns and villages…
Feeling inspired? Build a bespoke itinerary and start planning your visit to this great National Trail here.