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Coastal path may be extended to Isle of Wight

Posted 25 July 2012
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Coastal path may be extended to Isle of Wight
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The government is to hold a consultation on the possible extension of the English Coastal Path to the Isle of Wight.

No provision exists under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 for such a path, but the Deprtment for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has said it wishes to consider whether there should be one.

The Isle of Wight is presently listed as an "excluded island" separate from the mainland, unlike, for example, Portsea Island in Portsmouth.

People who like to go walkig on the island may wish to respond to the Defra consultation and they have until November 16th to reply.

As well as stating whether they support a path, respondents are also asked to say if they favour giving it priority over other areas.

Anglesey is included in the Welsh Coastal Path, but the island is connected to the mainland by two bridges across the Menai Straits. 

It is also connected in turn to Holy Island by two bridges, along which the path runs.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801415429-ADNFCR