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Coastal path blueprint published

Posted 23 March 2011
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Coastal path blueprint published
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Those who like to go walking along the coast could be enjoying a stretch of the English Coastal Path by next summer, it has been revealed.

Natural England has produced details of plans for a 30-miles section in Dorset between Lulworth and Portland.

It includes Weymouth Bay, where Olympic sailing events will take place next year.

The plans will see part of the existing South West Coastal Path being moved nearer the sea, while some routes currently dependent on landowner permission will get right-of-way status.

An eight-week consultation period now follows in which anyone can make representations to the secretary of state before a final decision is made.

Several other local authorities are also in talks with Natural England with a view to producing blueprints for their coastal areas soon, including Cumbria, Kent, Norfolk, Somerset and a combination of County Durham, Hartlepool and Sunderland.

Cumbria had a footpath issue of its own when a section of the Coast-to-Coast walk near its start at St Bees Head recently had to be closed due to a landslip.