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

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

The next section from Whitehaven to Silecroft has now been passed by the Secretary of State and the establishment works will begin on the ground.  These works will be carried out with a phased approach starting in the St Bees head area.

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A third and fourth section are currently being developed in liaison with landowners and Natural England.  The third section from Gretna to Allonby will take the English Coast Path to a start point at the Scottish Border.  While the fourth section is developing access around Walney Island.

With commitment 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)