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New sections of England Coast Path to open in the North West

Today, (November 23), two new sections of the King Charles III England Coastal Path from Gretna to Allonby opened in Cumbria.

The new sections, from Gretna to Kirkandrews-on-Eden and between Rumbling Bridge and Allonby have a total length of 33.3 miles (53.3 km), of which 9.9 miles (15.9 km) provide access to Completely new or significantly improved access to a variety of coastal features and historic sites. websites.

Starting at Sark Bridge, on the border with Scotland, the road initially ran parallel to the M6 ​​Motorway and the main West Coast railway line. Walkers then cross the River Esk on Metal Bridge, then loop around Rockcliffe Marsh to follow the River Eden upstream before crossing Stainton to return downstream on the opposite bank, to Kirkandrews-on-Eden.

The second section of the path begins just north of Abbeytown, before running through Calvo & Skinburnness Marsh, rounding Grune Point and heading south past Skinburnes, Silloth, Beckfoot and Mawbray to Allonby.

Natural England is working to open the remaining central part of the path to pedestrians in the near future and when complete, the new path will provide a continuous walkable stretch of 65.79 miles (106 km) along the Cumbrian coast connecting 80.4 miles (129.44 km) ) have been opened in the area.

Path highlights

Highlights of the trail include:

  • Solway Firth National Landscape
  • The Rockcliffe salt marsh site is of specific scientific interest; one of Britain’s largest mangrove wetlands is home to wildlife such as oystercatchers and pink-footed geese.
  • RSPB Campfield Marsh Reserve covers 65 hectares of farmed peat bog north-west of Bowness-on-Solway.
  • Hadrian’s Wall includes archaeological sites such as The Vallum earthworks and Skinburnes Milefortlet 9.

Cumbria Senior Advisor Gerry Rusbridge Natural England said:

The new road opens up beautiful new countryside to the public, aiming to make it easier for as many people as possible to experience this remote and often wild part of the North West coast.

Working closely with the access authority – Cumberland Council – we ensure that the majority of the newly opened path is as accessible as possible, including parts of the route that comply with existing public rights of way includes walkways, where we’re removing barriers like markers and making other accessibility improvements.

Councilor Denise Rollo, Cumberland Council’s Executive Member for Sustainable, Resilient and Connected Places, said:

We are delighted to see the opening of these latest sections of the King Charles III England Coastal Path in Cumberland, which will attract more visitors to our wonderful coast and help boost the economy our local tourism.

These new accessible routes will make it easier for local communities and visitors to explore the rich natural and cultural heritage of our coast while enjoying all the health benefits that come with being active. Being outdoors and connecting with nature gives us.

Once completed, the King Charles III England Coastal Walk will be the longest managed coastal walk in the world. Hikers and coastal explorers use the National Trails website to plan their visit. See


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