The England Coast Path (ECP) closed between Watchet and Blue Anchor

The England Coast Path (ECP) has been closed between Watchet and Blue Anchor due to a landslip. Somerset County Council is responsible for maintaining the ECP within the county boundaries and closed the path at the weekend in the interest of public safety.

An inland diversion is available, and the details for this can be found on the site closure notices and online at www.nationaltrailbreaks.com. Somerset County Council will be working with the relevant landowners to assess the long-term safety of the route.

Councillor John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways said: “It’s disappointing that the path between Watchet and Blue Anchor has had to temporarily close, but safety is our top priority and I’m pleased we’ve reacted quickly to provide a diversion.”

Somerset County Council works in partnership with Natural England to manage the England Coast Path in Somerset. The National Trail helps attract more visitors to the County and benefits the local economy.

If you’re interested in helping look after the England Coast Path you can sign up as a Trail Watcher, which will involve adopting a stretch of the trail. By keeping an eye on a stretch that you regularly use and reporting any problems you can help the County Council be more responsive in keeping the trail well maintained and accessible. 

Please follow this web link to find out more: https://volunteering.somerset.gov.uk/opportunities/rights-of-way-volunteer/.

A set of Eight brand new linear walks come to the Kent Coast Path!

Just in time for the nice spring weather, Explore Kent is launching a set of eight linear walks that cover the current Kent stretch of the England Coast Path: Dungeness to Ramsgate.

Following the coastline anticlockwise, the walks consist of eight separate full colour leaflets presented in a wallet for ease of use. The routes were designed with easy access to public transport options at the beginning and end of each walk,  and walkers who want to extend their exploration of the Kent coastline can tackle as many of the walks as they choose to link up the Coast Path.

Experience the unique shingle landscape of Dungeness whilst further along the coast the tantalising village of Dymchurch is a haven for any seaside lover, with traditional seaside amusements, an amazing beach and donkey rides all on offer.

Be sure not to miss the cultural hub of Folkestone which awaits with an amazing collection of outdoor artworks and its own Creative Quarter behind the harbour. Head onto the clifftops high above Folkestone, taking in the finest views of the English Channel. Pass the poignant Battle of Britain Memorial and the mesmerising landscape of Samphire Hoe Country Park far below.

Admire the finery of Walmer Castle, with its stunning gardens, and Deal Castle both built by King Henry VIII.  See the houseboats of Sandwich Marina and visit the Sandwich Medieval Centre. Your final stop will be Ramsgate, where you’ll discover its literary connections and see the famous Pugin Church and the UK’s only Royal Harbour.

In the future the walk will connect with the next stretch of the England Coast Path, forming a continuous collection of walks around Kent’s fascinating coast.

Latest section of England Coast Path to open - Walney Island

Walney is the eight largest island in England and it now has a 33km (21 miles) section of the England Coast Path all around the island.

This new national trail circumnavigates the island, starting and finishing at Jubilee Bridge (where it will eventually connect to the rest of the England Coast Path), offering some stunning landscapes for walkers on the way. To the north, there are wonderful views of Black Combe and the Coniston Fells, to the west the Irish Sea and the massed ranks of wind turbines, to the south views across Morecambe Bay to Blackpool and to the east, Piel Channel and the adjoining Furness coastline.

The salt marshes, sand dunes and intertidal habitats of Walney Island support breeding birds, wintering waders and wildfowl as well as populations of important protected species such as natterjack toads. Both northern and southern tips are protected by nature reserves which help maintain the special character and feel of the island.  The sense of wilderness provided by the open spaces is a stark contrast to the neighbouring industrial landscape.

Accompanied by the amazing views, you may be lucky enough to see porpoises or roe deer and of course the Walney geranium to add to the experience. There are some outstanding eating and drinking places along the way and, with luck, you could finish your adventure with one of the famous Walney sunsets.

In due course, the road bridge connecting Walney to Barrow will enable onward routes around Morecambe Bay, and north towards the Duddon Estuary and west Cumbria, should proposals published by Natural England in January 2020 be approved.