News that walkers will eventually be able to put on their hiking boots and explore the coast of England have been welcomed by the Ramblers.
Department for environment and rural affairs (Defra) minister Richard Benyon confirmed this week that the government is committed to an English coastal path, a move welcomed by the Ramblers.
The walking body's director of campaigns Keith Roberts said: "I am delighted to pass on to everyone who has campaigned for - and will benefit from - coastal access legislation, the under-secretary's stated commitment to the path."
Mr Benyon said the path would have tourism benefits for communities and noted that its establishment would not lead to drastic moves like putting the route through people's gardens.
Some parts of the English coast already offer the chance to go walking
for long stretches, such as the South West Coastal Path, which provides 630 miles of routes between Minehead in Somerset and Poole in Dorset.
Posted by Elaine Arthur