About the Trail
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 South East, the following sections are open to the public (as of July 2019):
- Camber to Folkestone
- Folkestone to Ramsgate
- Hopton-on-Sea to Sea Palling
- Sea Palling to Weybourne
Exploring the Trail
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.
What is special about the Trail?
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:
- 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.
- that is subject to local restrictions including many areas of saltmarsh and mud flats that are not suitable for public access.
- that is steep, unstable and not readily accessible.
Many locations on the South East Coast are accessible by train.
Trains run frequently between Cromer/Sheringham and Norwich to serve the Norfolk Coast Path.
There are also many bus routes calling at coastal locations. All of the Norfolk Coast Path is accessible from the Coasthopper bus.
The nearest airports to the coast are Southampton, Gatwick, Stansted and Norwich. Overseas visitors can also reach the Trail by ferry to Dover, Portsmouth and Harwich, or via the Channel Tunnel.
For public transport information and journey planning visit the Traveline website or call them on 0871 200 22 33.
This National Trail passes through the very best landscapes – places you may want to explore for several days at a time. From cosy country inns to characterful cottages, we’ve got your accommodation near the England Coast Path covered.
Download and print a list of accommodation for each section of the Trail.