100% of the England Coast Path is now either complete or being worked on. Natural England is currently working on the entirety of the 2,700 mile route, which when complete will allow walkers to enjoy the whole length of the English coastline.
The English coastline attracts some 300 million visits each year, with visitors spending more at the seaside than at other tourist destinations. The South West stretch of the Coast Path alone is worth £400m to the economy now. It is hoped by the Government that the work to open up more coastline routes will further boost the value of England’s coastal tourism business, which is currently worth at £106 billion.
Rural Affairs Minister Lord Gardiner said:
“We have some of the most spectacular coastland in the world, with iconic sites such as the White Cliffs at Dover and the picturesque beaches at Whitby attracting millions of tourists and walkers every year.
The England Coast Path is a hugely significant project – helping people across the country to access our stunning coastline and providing a significant boost to the economy of our coastal communities.”
To date, Natural England has succeeded in opening 300 miles of coastline. New routes have been put in to link up the best existing coastal paths, create entirely new routes and in some cases move paths nearer the sea so walkers have a better opportunity to enjoy the country’s coastal views and beaches.
When complete, the England Coast Path will be the longest coastal path in the world. Works are due to finish in 2020.