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 are expecting to open the first section, Allonby to Whitehaven during 2014.
Officers from Cumbria County Council have been working closely with Natural England to develop the proposals, providing expert local advice and ensuring there is full consultation with local interests.
Final Report – Allonby to Whitehaven
“A call for Representations and Objections”
Natural England has been asked by the government to establish a continuous walking route around England’s coastline. As part of this programme, Natural England's report describing proposed changes to public access between Allonby and Whitehaven was published on Monday 17th December 2012.
This report has been drawn up in partnership with Cumbria County Council.
The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 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: www.naturalengland.org.uk/coastalaccess
On 18 July 2013 the Secretary of State announced his decision to approve a stretch of the England Coast Path in Cumbria between Allonby and Whitehaven.
Cumbria CC are now working with Natural England to prepare the new stretch of coast path for public use. The first step is to contact owners and occupiers of the affected land to discuss the design and location of any new infrastructure that is needed, such as signs and gates.
When preparations are complete, new access rights will come into force along the route and adjoining spreading room. It is expect this should happen in Spring 2014.
If you have further questions, please contact Natural England's Coastal Access Delivery Team (West Cumbria):
Coastal Access Delivery Team (West Cumbria)
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.