Trail Information

The King Charles III England Coast Path in the North East offers fabulous coastal walking through changing landscapes. Explore rocky cliffs, flower-rich meadows, sandy beaches, exciting rock pools and vibrant coastal towns, then relax in cosy pubs and tea rooms.

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Exploring the Trail

It’s long … really long. It’ll be around 2,700 miles long when it is complete.

The King Charles III England Coast Path is being created by dedicated Coastal Access teams within Natural England working closely with the local authorities. Once sections are open responsibility passes to the local highway authority. This is usually the county council, or unitary authority.

To contact the relevant authority please see: Contact Trail Managers

Diversions can be viewed on the Interactive Map on the Trail Information page.


If you’re planning to walk across to Lindisfarne, please ensure you allow sufficient time to complete your journey to the Island and have also checked the tide times for both your outward and return journeys. The attached link provides information on safe crossing times by car, please adjust to allow for crossing on foot. The road is approximately 3 miles/5KM

Holy Island tide times

Work continues to make the trails accessible to more people.

Our Access for all page brings together access information about the National Trails including easy access walks and sources of further information.

Top Tips for Enjoying the Trail

Much of the North East Coast is accessible by train.

From Sunderland to Saltburn the train line runs close enough to the coast for you to use it to get back to the start of your walk.

There are also many bus routes calling at coastal locations.

The nearest airports to the coast are Newcastle, Teeside and Edinburgh. Overseas visitors can also reach the Trail by ferry to Hull or Newcastle.

For public transport information and journey planning visit the Traveline website or call them on 0871 200 22 33.

The King Charles III England Coast Path is open all year but at times there may be restrictions and diversions. Some sections of the King Charles III England Coast Path pass through areas that are very important for wildlife. In these places there may be restrictions such as requirements that dogs are on the lead or even diversions to avoid particularly sensitive sites for periods of time.

The King Charles III England Coast Path passes through private land; in some places land management activities or safety concerns may affect the path.

Please check the website before you set off. All significant diversions are shown on the interactive map, and will be signed on the ground. Significant restrictions will also be shown on the interactive map and all restrictions can be found here: CRoW & Coastal Access Map.

The King Charles III England Coast Path has been designed to be as accessible as possible with minimal use of barriers such as stiles. However the nature of the coast means that there are steps in places, often long flights of steep steps. In other places the King Charles III England Coast Path may follow paved promenades or other land suitable for wheelchair users, including people using most types of mobility vehicles or people with reduced mobility. Other motor vehicles are not permitted.

Your local authority should be able to advise on which stretches are barrier and step-free.

The King Charles III England Coast Path is being created for walkers. Some sections do follow existing public rights of way and some of these may have bridleway rights. These will be shown as public bridleway on the OS maps. You can ride a horse or a bike on a bridleway. Some sections may also have existing access for horses and cycles, where these rights exist they will be signposted.

No – the King Charles III England Coast Path is a walking route. In some places it may follow quiet country lanes, roads or private tracks for short distances, but it is not designed for use by motor vehicles.

Yes, you are welcome to take your dog. Dogs on the King Charles III England Coast Path must be under effective control. This means the dog must be on a lead or kept within sight and you should be aware of its actions and be confident that the dog will return reliably and promptly when called. Dogs must be on a short lead in the vicinity of livestock.

At some times of year in some locations, there may be additional restrictions on where dogs can go. Please obey any signs on the ground. Restrictions on where dogs can go are usually there to protect sensitive wildlife or reduce problems around cattle, and are only in place when absolutely necessary.

There are campsites along the Trail and they can be viewed on the Interactive Map.

If you plan to camp please note in England and Wales, there are normally no rights for national trail users to wild camp along the way – so seeking the landowner’s permission is recommended.

There are several companies that will arrange to move your bags for you, help you plan your trip, or arrange a full package.

View a list of these here: Trail Holiday Companies.

We recommend that you take a map and/or guidebook with you, or a copy of the walk leaflet if you are doing a shorter walk. You may also find a compass useful.

If you are walking solo you may want to tell somewhere where you are going as there can be mobile black spots along the Trail. Ensure your phone is fully charged before setting off.

Weather in the UK can be changeable so it’s wise to be prepared. You’ll need good footwear, waterproofs and warm layers. Take plenty of water and just in case, pack a few plasters for your feet. In the summer you may need sun cream.

Phone reception can be patchy along the Trail, don’t rely on being able to use your phone to help you navigate. Wi-Fi is available at some accommodation and pubs/cafés along the route.

The King Charles III England Coast Path is well signed. Look for the National Trail Acorn logo, and/or signs for the King Charles III England Coast Path.

Some sections follow long established coastal walks, and may be signed for these walks. In these areas you will usually be following local signs, but will also see signs telling you that the route is part of the King Charles III England Coast Path.

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. However, within the Coastal Margin there is land where access rights don’t apply, for example:

  • cropped land, buildings and their curtilage (the land immediately surrounding them), and gardens. This land is called ‘excepted land’. You don’t have the right to walk on excepted land. You can see a full list of excepted land here: Excepted Land.
  • land that is subject to local restrictions including many areas of saltmarsh and mud flats that are not suitable for public access.

Although you have the right to explore away from the path please use common sense – the King Charles III 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.

Saltmarsh and mudflats can be unsuitable to walk on. Where this is the case they will be restricted and have no coastal access rights. You are responsible for your own safety.

The English coast doesn’t stay still, some sections change very fast. If part of the King Charles III England Coast Path erodes the local authorities may need to put temporary diversions in place for safety reasons – but they will reinstate the path.

One of the unique features of the legislation that has created the King Charles III England Coast Path is the way it handles coastal erosion. Unlike a public right of way that is lost if the land it is on erodes, the King Charles III England Coast Path will be able to ‘roll back’ to a new position negotiated with land owners.

There may be periods when eroded sections are closed until a new path can be put in place. If that happens diversions will be in place and will be shown on the interactive map.

A GPX file can be downloaded from the Create Your Own Trip page (the button is below the map).

Because the King Charles III England Coast Path is opening in sections this causes a few technical problems for the website, which is designed to have a continuous line for each trail. The main issue is with the gradient profile, which can be seen below the main map box.



There is a good choice of accommodation close to the Trail, which can be viewed on the Interactive Map below or on the Create Your Own Trip page. Use the map filters to display different types of accommodation.

Alternatively, download and print a list of accommodation for each section of the Trail.

We recommend that you book your accommodation in advance as it’s limited in some areas.

Circular and Linear Walks

There are some great short walks to enjoy along the North East section of the King Charles III England Coast Path. You can view them on the Interactive Map on the Trail Information page or browse the list on the Circular and Linear Walks page.

Holiday Inspiration

Visit our Walking Holidays Page for holiday inspiration for the King Charles III England Coast Path – North East.

Leaflets, Maps, Guidebooks and Merchandise

Books and maps for the Trail are available from the The Trails Shop along with a wide range of gifts and other merchandise.

You can find a list of Ordnance Survey maps here: Maps for the Trails.

There are various Trail Leaflets available for parts of the King Charles III England Coast Path North East such as the Cleveland Way Section of the King Charles III England Coast Path between Saltburn and Filey , a leaflet for the Way of St Hild that runs between Hartlepool and Whitby and one for the Heritage Coast Path Section between Sunderland and Harlepool.

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The custom route elevation is created when you use the distance calculator (above) to draw a line.

Please be aware that the elevation profile displayed above does not accurately reflect the trail in this area.
The profile will be accurate once the trail is fully open.

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Contact the Trail Team

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