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Ramblers in warning over coastal path

Posted 9 September 2011
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Ramblers in warning over coastal path
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The Ramblers has claimed the creation of the English coastal path may be abandoned and has urged the government to carry on with the work of establishing the route.

It has alleged that the project has dropped down the list of priorities for ministers and has urged a re-think to ensure people putting on their walking trousers and hiking boots can enjoy a trek along any part of the English coastline.

The organisation said the planning and design of the route is being delayed and it could mean the complete route never seeing the light of day.

Chief executive of the body Tom Franklin said that Britain is an "island nation" that knows how good a walk by the shore can be.

"That's why we're urging the government to firmly state their ongoing commitment to an all England coastal path and clearly set out the timeline for the next stretches of the path," he added.

Work first began on England's coastal path around Weymouth, to ensure that stretch is ready for the Olympics next year.