While Wales is the first nation on Earth to have its own coastal path, work is continuing to move forward on making England the second.
Natural England has launched a consultation on a proposed stretch of the path along the coast of Norfolk, covering the area from Sea Palling to Weybourne, which will last until January 11th 2013.
The northern part of the route includes the seaside villages of Cromer and Sheringham, with part of the planned pathway overlapping with the existing Norfolk Coast Path and Pedlers Way.
However, the map indicates that the national route as proposed would not simply overlap the existing path. The Norfolk Coast Path heads slightly inland between Cromer and Sheringham, passing through West Runton, whereas the coastal East Runton would have the national path passing through it.
Natural England explained that this anomaly would not survive the establishment of the coastal path. It stated: "When the secretary of state has approved a route for the trail along this length of coast, we propose to modify the approved route of the Norfolk Coast Path National Trail to coincide with the proposed route in places where the two diverge."
This may be an issue those who like to go walking
in the area may comment upon, either because they enjoy the stretch of path through West Runton or because they are very keen to see the path stay by the coast.
At the other end of the stretch under consultation, there are what appear on the map to be two alternative sections between Sea Palling and Eccles on Sea. But the more inland of these is planned for use as a diversionary path only at times of coastal flooding, when the flood gates at Sea Palling would be closed and the alternative way signposted.
The first section of the path opened this year in the Weymouth Bay area, enabling walkers to enjoy panoramic views of Olympic sailing on the waters below. Elsewhere, the consultation on the Ramsgate to Folkestone stretch in Kent began last month and ends on November 9th.
Other consultations concerning parts of the route in Cumbria and Durham, Sunderland and Hartlepool have both now concluded.