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Third of English coastline now to be accessible, expert notes

Posted 20 November 2009
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Third of English coastline now to be accessible, expert notes
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Over a third of England's coastline is to become accessible to walkers after the passing into law of the Marine and Coastal Access Act last week, it has been noted.

Reflecting on the law change, TV presenter Nicholas Crane wrote in the Daily Telegraph that the move will transform a situation that currently leaves much of England's coast off-limits.

He stated that a "satisfactorily legally secure path" only existed along 66 per cent of the coastline, according to an audit this year by Natural England.

Mr Crane said that "forgotten" places could soon be "back on the map", noting that the success of the South West Coast Path indicates how the same could happen elsewhere.

Those keen to explore the coast may wish to invest in some walking equipment for this.

Five of England's national parks include part of the coastline, as will the new South Downs National Park, which will come into being next year.

Posted by Dan Mirza
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