Second stretch of the England Coast Path around Norfolk approved

6th October 2015

A second stretch of the England Coast Path along parts of the Norfolk coastline was approved by the Secretary of State on Monday 28th September.

The new 30km path between Hopton-on-Sea and Sea Palling takes in some of the County’s most iconic seaside landscapes including wildlife havens at Horsey, North Denes and Winterton and Great Yarmouth.  The new path connects the Broads National Park at Horsey to the National Trail for the first time.

Consultation has been completed and with the Secretary of State now approving the route, Norfolk County Council’s Norfolk Trails team will lead the implementation work to prepare this new stretch of coast path for public use.

Their first step is to contact owners and occupiers of affected land to discuss the design and location of any new infrastructure which is needed, such as signs and gates.

The new access rights will commence once the route has been established and implemented, and any necessary works have been completed.

When officially opened, this route will provide, for the first time, new rights of access to beautiful coastal land including foreshore, beaches, dunes and cliffs; including areas where everyone can rest, relax and admire the view.
Crucially, the path will now be able to ‘roll back’ as the cliffs erode or slip – enabling a replacement route to be put in place quickly if necessary, helping to maintain a continuous route along the coast.

Toby Coke, Chairman of Norfolk County Council’s Environment, Development and Transport Committee, said:
“Norfolk's existing network of footpaths already contributes millions of pounds to our economy and the addition of another section of the England Coastal Path around Norfolk only furthers our county's tourism offer.

“It also provides a further resource for residents to enjoy the beauty of our coastline – whether a rambler or just heading out for a day trip or leisurely walk.”

This new section extends the existing Norfolk section of England Coast Path, which was approved in April 2014, runs between Sea Palling and Weybourne, and which has already been enjoyed by around 40,000 people.
Commenting on the approval, Environment Secretary, Elizabeth Truss, said:

“We have already opened miles of coastal paths across the country which has enabled thousands of people to enjoy our spectacular coastline.

“Norfolk offers breath-taking scenery, from beautiful beaches to cliff top views, and once opened this new stretch will help boost local tourism and grow the rural economy.

“Most importantly the coastline also offers vital breathing space for visitors and local residents, and the new paths announced today will offer areas where people can simply rest, relax and admire the view – something that’s crucial for our health and well-being.”

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