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Ramblers delighted as coastal path route detailed

Posted 26 January 2012
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Those who like to go walking will now be able to find out the route of the first stretch of the English Coastal Path, a development welcomed by the Ramblers.

It will be located around Weymouth Bay in Dorset, an area whose waters will host Olympic sailing events later this year, with the stretch starting at Rufus Castle on Portland and continuing on to Lulworth Cove.

The Ramblers senior policy officer Justin Cooke said: "This is a great day for walkers everywhere as we see the first steps towards our vision of a continuous English coastal path become a reality."

He urged the government to push on with announcements concerning details of the rest of the route around England.

Wales is already getting its own coastal path, which opens on May 5th.

The British Mountaineering Council has also welcomed the news and has said the secretary of state has "made sensible decisions" regarding some objections to the proposed route, which have taken into account that climbing is a permitted activity under current rights-of-way laws.