England Coast Path Restrictions

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, and at times there may be local restrictions on where you can go and what you can do.

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

Some sections 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.

Please check the website before you set off. Any significant diversions that affect the path are shown on the ‘plan your visit’ maps, and will be signed on the ground. Significant restrictions will also be shown on the ‘plan your visit’ maps. You can also search for any restrictions on Natural England's Open Access website here.

All restrictions and diversions will bve clearly signed, please follow local signs on the ground.