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Work steps forward on local section of England Coast Path


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Work is due to start on the  Northumberland stretch of the England Coast Path which is set to become the longest managed and way marked coastal path in the world.

The 2,795 mile route will follow the coastline of England and Wales and is due to open in 2020. It will pass stunning beaches, castles, fishing villages, famous seaside resorts and dramatic landscape features, offering walkers the opportunity to experience some of the country’s most varied coastline.

In Northumberland the coastal path will follow a route  from the Scottish Borders right down the coastline via  Berwick and  Bamburgh  to  Seaton Sluice.

Northumberland County Council will carry out the work to establish the path and  will be responsible for its ongoing maintenance. Natural England will fund the establishment of the route and  75 per cent of the ongoing maintenance costs.

Work on the first section of the route between Seaton Sluice and Amble is to commence over the coming weeks. An initial grant of £149,250 has been awarded to Northumberland County Council  by Natural England to cover these costs.

Northumberland County Councillor Glen Sanderson Cabinet  Member for the environment and local services  said:

This new path will be a great addition  to those who already know our superb coastline but it will open up new opportunities for visitors who want to explore the  wonderful  assets we have in our county. Additionally the path will help draw in visitors all year round and help provide a boost to local businesses along its length.”

The new route will, where possible, link into the existing Northumberland Coastal Path, but  sections will need to be added to allow it to directly follow the coastline of the county.

The Seaton Sluice to Amble stretch of the route has already been  agreed by the Secretary of State  and was proposed by Natural England following extensive research and consultation with landowners and  Northumberland County Council.  It will follow existing pathways on council land and recorded highways and footways and so only  minor  work such as the installation of gates and signage  is needed.

Work is ongoing with the planning of other sections of the route in the county. New stretches of grass pathway will need to be created between Newbiggin and Lynemouth and between Cresswell and Druridge.

A further two sections of the Northumberland route - Amble to Bamburgh and Bamburgh to the Scottish Borders, are still in the research and consultation phase.
 


View the full article at Northumberland County Council


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