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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 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: external link will open in a new window

Latest Update

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.

Work on this section has now been complicated by winter storms damaging the proposed line of the route. Cumbria CC are now working on the installation of the route on the ground that will now include two temporary options while the original route can be re-opened. These are through the Allonby Bay area and the section past Flimby to Workington, both will be identified by a map board on site. All these works will be completed for the opening of this section in April 2014.

The second stretch from Whitehaven to Silecroft is currently being walked to identify a line for the path and to consult with affected landowners. This will then go to the Secretary of State for approval prior to its proposed opening in Summer 2015.


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)