Natural England announce extension of Somerset coast path
Marvellous news for us who love to explore Somerset on foot during our family breaks. Natural England has announced approval of an extra 90km stretch of coast path in the county.
The government has given the green light to add the stretch to the England Coast Path, improving access for the public between Brean Down – near Sandy Glade Holiday Park – and Minehead.
The announcement follows extensive work by Somerset County Council, Natural England, landowners and others to ensure visitors can enjoy a well managed walking route.
The council's Rights of Way team will now lead the work to prepare this section of coast path for public use.
The new stretches will give walkers access rights to previously cut-off beaches, coast and other areas, as well as giving local businesses along the route an extra boost. I’m looking forward to lacing up my walking boots and tackling the path on my next family holiday UK.
Natural England's Somerset area manager, James Diamond said: "We have worked closely with a wide range of local interests in developing the proposals and we now look forward to putting the route in place for everyone to enjoy."
Upon completion, the England Coast Path will provide a route around the whole of the English coast, and the 620 miles will become the longest National Trail in England.