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Natural England has started work on proposals for improved public access along a stretch of the West Cumbria coast between Allonby and Silecroft.  Natural England.  The first section from Allonby to Whitehaven is now open.

Cumbria County Council are working closely with Natural England to further develop the route.

Final Report.

The next section from Whitehaven to Silecroft has been presented to the Secretary of State for approval.  He will then make a decision about the report when all representations and objections have been considered. Establishment of the new access arrangements will not begin until that decision is made.

Copies of the Final Report can be viewed online at: external link will open in a new window

Latest Update

A third section is now being processed from the Scottish Border to Allonby.  Consultations are currently taking place with affected landowners.

With commitment from the Deputy Prime Minister to complete the whole England Coast Path by 2020, Natural England are now increasing their capacity to meet this challenge and look at a further section in Cumbria from Silecroft to the Lancashire Boundary.



Further Information
Natural England's main coastal access webpagethis external link will open in a new window includes links to more detailed information about their approach including the Coastal Access Scheme and frequently asked questions.

If you have further questions, please contact Natural England's Coastal Access Delivery Team (West Cumbria):

Coastal Access Delivery Team (West Cumbria)
Natural England
Juniper House
Murley Moss
Kendal LA9 7RL

Gerry Rusbridge, Senior Adviser: 07931 714985 / 07900 608296
Danny Moores, Lead Adviser: 0300 060 1821 / 07900 608279 or
Dai Parry, Adviser: 0300 060 3971 / 07870 992928

Twitter: you can also follow Natural England's progress on Twitter @NWCoastalAccess

Cumbria County Council will update this page with further details as work progresses.

Map of the Cumbria Stretch (PDF, 827KB)