About the England Coast Path

The England Coast Path is a new walking route around the coast of England. It is opening in sections, some are already open, others will open in the next few years.

You can see maps of the sections that are open on the ‘plan your visit’ page. The path is shown on digital versions of the Ordnance Survey maps, although it will take longer to appear on the paper versions. We are working with our partners A-Z Maps to produce maps of the open sections, you can find these and relevant guidebooks in the shop.

It is all open?

At the moment you can only walk some sections. 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.

The England Coast Path crosses private land. Natural England is negotiating with landowners to secure the best route which takes time. Please be patient and wait until sections are officially opened before trying to walk them.

Signage

The open sections are well signed. Look for the National Trail Acorn logo, and/or signs for the 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 England Coast Path.

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.

Your dog is welcome on the England Coast Path

You are welcome to take your dog. Dogs on the 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 check the website ‘plan your visit’ pages and 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.