26th May 2020

Have your say on next step of England Coast Path

Members of the public are invited to have their say on proposals for the next phase of the England Coast Path running through Somerset.

Natural England were given the task of creating a public walking route around the coast of the country by 2020.

The first stretch of the England Coast Path in Somerset is already open from Minehead to Brean, with the next section from Brean to the North Somerset border proposed to connect the England Coast Path with the Wales Coast Path for the first time.

Two routes have been proposed because non-breeding redshank feed and roost on the River Axe and they are very sensitive to disturbance. In the period from mid-July through to mid-April public access will be prohibited and an alternative route available.

Consultation on the new stretch from Brean to Aust is open for comment until September 19th. More details can be found by searching for ‘Brean’ on .gov.uk.

Councillor John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Minister for Highways, said “We have a fantastic coastline and are pleased to see the next step of this project to connect the England Coast Path across the whole of Somerset. Please check the proposals and have your say before the consultation closes.”

Somerset County Council works in partnership with Natural England to manage the England Coast Path in Somerset. The National Trail is already attracting more visitors to the County and benefitting the local economy.

If you’re interested in helping look after the England Coast Path you can sign up as a Trail Watcher, which will involve adopting a stretch of the trail. By keeping an eye on a stretch that you regularly use and reporting any problems you can help the County Council be more responsive in keeping the trail well maintained and accessible. 

Please follow this web link to find out more: https://volunteering.somerset.gov.uk/opportunities/rights-of-way-volunteer/.