Plans for walk around coastline go on display

Worthing's coastline will be part of a walk around the entire coast of England. Picture: Eddie Mitchell.
Worthing's coastline will be part of a walk around the entire coast of England. Picture: Eddie Mitchell.

Plans for Natural England’s ambitious long-distance walking route around the coast of England will be put on display in our areas.

Once completed, it will be a well-marked 2,700 mile long National Trail, and will give people an opportunity to enjoy diverse, dynamic and stunning coastal landscapes as well as potentially boosting the local economy. Although in its very early stages, Natural England, working closely with local authorities and partners, is currently investigating the potential route of the path from Highcliffe in Hampshire to Shoreham – covering 145 miles.

Drop-in sessions about the plans will be held from 5pm to 7.30pm on: March 11, at Heene community Centre, Worthing; March 16, at Dove Lodge, 49 Beach Road, Littlehampton; April 11, at Felpham Village Hall and April 12, at Shoreham Beach Primary School.

Tim Hall, Natural England’s senior advisor for coastal access in Hampshire, said: “We are at an early stage in planning the path locally and are very keen to talk to everyone with an interest including the public, landowners, businesses and local interests.

“We need the help of local people to ensure we get the route in the right place, and this will be vital. Our drop-in sessions, which are open to all, are the start of the process and we are looking forward to chatting to people and hearing their views on the England Coast Path in their area over the next few weeks. We would urge everyone with an interest to come along and join us.”

See www.gov.uk/government/collections/england-coast-path-improving-public-access-to-the-coast