As part of the celebrations for the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III, the England Coast Path has been renamed to ‘King Charles III England Coast Path.  

For the first time people will be able to access all the open coast.

The King Charles III England Coast Path is a new walking route that will follow the entire coast of England. It will go all the way around the coast of England and will be around 2,800 miles long – making it the longest coastal walking path in the world when completed.

Visitors are welcome to walk the 36 sections that are open to public and are shown on the interactive map. 

King Charles III England Coast Parth – North East

Section open to the public:

  • Skegness to Mablethorpe 
  • Bridlington to Filey Brigg 
  • Filey Brigg to Newport Bridge 
  • Newport Bridge to North Gare 
  • North Gare to South Bents 
  • South Bents to Amble 
  • Amble to Bamburgh 
  • Bamburgh to the Scottish Border 

Key highlights:

Robin Hood’s Bay, situated on the Heritage Coast of the North York Moors, is a captivating historic fishing village offering something for everyone. Its sandy beach, ideal for families and pets, boasts rock pools filled with marine life and ancient fossils waiting to be discovered. Walking through its narrow, winding streets, one can easily imagine the bustling maritime life of centuries past. Today, the village buzzes with life, offering a number of charming cafes, pubs, restaurants, and quaint shops, as well as picturesque coastal and countryside walks, cycle paths, and bridleways right at your doorstep.

Saltburn-by-the-Sea, a delightful coastal town, is a haven for enthusiasts of old-world charm and seaside adventures. Home to the iconic water-balanced cliff lifts and the last remaining pier in Yorkshire, Saltburn promises visitors an authentic seaside experience. The Cliff Lift, a marvel of engineering, operates as the oldest of its kind still in use. Gravity-powered cars traverse parallel tracks, with water tanks beneath, providing a thrilling journey down the 71% incline. Controlled by a brake man from a quaint cabin at the top, the lift offers a unique glimpse into the town’s rich maritime history.

Filey Brigg, a prominent headland extending into Filey Bay, offers a haven for both geologists and birdwatchers alike. Its rocky terrain, capped with glacial clays, showcases fossil-rich limestone and grits, while providing a habitat for a diverse array of seabirds and waders. The sculpted stone marker at the Brigg’s tip signifies the terminus of two National Trails, the Cleveland Way and the Yorkshire Wolds Way, and features intricate carvings depicting the routes’ landmarks, including the iconic National Trail acorn symbol.

King Charles III England Coast Parth – North West

Sections open to the public:

  • Gretna to Kirkandrews-on-Eden
  • Brownrigg to Allonby
  • Allonby to Whitehaven
  • Whitehaven to Silecroft
  • Silecroft to Green Road
  • Walney Island
  • Tarleton Lock near Preston to Pier Head Ferry Terminal, Liverpool

Key Highlights:

The Rum Story, known as “The Dark Spirit of Whitehaven,” is housed within the original shop, courtyards, cellars, and bonded warehouses of the Jefferson family business, situated in the Georgian town of Whitehaven. This award-winning visitor attraction offers insight into the UK rum heritage, which historically revolved around the port of Whitehaven. Visitors can explore the museum and its exhibits, learning about the town’s involvement in the slave trade and its connection to the production of cane sugar and Jefferson Rum. The experience culminates with a tasting of the renowned rum, providing a flavourful conclusion to the journey through history.

St Bees Head Nature Reserve offers invigorating cliff-top walks with breathtaking views across to the Isle of Man and Scotland on clear days. During spring and summer, visitors can view the region’s largest seabird colony from the RSPB’s three viewpoints. Guillemots, kittiwakes, fulmars, and razorbills soar overhead, accompanied by sightings of ravens and peregrines along the cliffs. Offshore, lucky observers may even catch a glimpse of dolphins and porpoises, adding to the reserve’s natural splendour.

Whitehaven Harbour’s development dates back to the beginning of the Irish coal trade. Constructed in 1634 by Sir Christopher Lowther, the stone jetty known as the Old Quay remains one of Britain’s oldest remaining coal wharves. Over the centuries, the harbour expanded, with additions such as the Sugar Tongue Quay, later the Fish Quay, and the Lime Tongue, which facilitated the export of lime in the 19th century. Notable structures include the North Pier and West Pier, designed by renowned civil engineer John Rennie. 

King Charles III England Coast Parth – South East

Sections open to the public: 

  • Calshot to Gosport
  • Gosport to Portsmouth
  • East Head to Shoreham
  • Shoreham-by-Sea to Eastbourne
  • Camber to Folkestone
  • Folkestone to Ramsgate
  • Ramsgate to Whitstable
  • Whitstable to Iwade
  • Stoke Marshes to Otterham Creek (Medway, Kent)
  • Grain to Woolwich

Key highlights:

The iconic White Cliffs of Dover stand as a testament to the natural beauty of Britain. Offering spectacular views of the English Channel and the French coast, these cliffs have rightfully earned their status as one of the country’s most breathtaking landmarks. Visitors can appreciate their splendour year-round by embarking on dramatic cliff-top walks that showcase their unique appeal through every season.

Samphire Hoe is a remarkable addition to England’s landscape, created from 4.9 million cubic meters of chalk marl excavated during the construction of the Channel Tunnel. Owned by Eurotunnel and managed in collaboration with the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership, Samphire Hoe provides a stunning backdrop for outdoor enthusiasts to explore and enjoy.

Folkestone Harbour Arm stands as a vibrant hub of activity and a catalyst for regeneration in Folkestone. Originally serving as the railway terminal for the Folkestone to Boulogne ferry and a departure point for soldiers during World War I, the restored arm now overlooks the town’s fishing harbour. Featuring a picturesque promenade offering panoramic views of the English Channel, the harbour arm is home to a diverse array of independent food and drink businesses, including a bakery, brewery, coffee shop, tapas bar, and champagne lounge. Seasonal events, including an artisan market, drive-in cinema, Christmas market, and live music performances make it a must-visit destination for tourists. 

King Charles III England Coast Parth – South West

Sections open to the public: 

  • Old Passage, Aust to Wain’s Hill, Clevedon
  • Sand Bay to Brean Down
  • Brean Down to Minehead
  • Rufus Castle on Portland to Lulworth Cove

Key highlights:

The Minack Theatre, perched at the top the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, is a renowned open-air venue in Cornwall. Its history dates back from Rowena Cade’s times, who, residing in Minack House wanted to establish a space for local drama enthusiasts to stage Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Visitors can now watch a range of performances at the Minack from Shakespearean plays to musicals, operas from all over the world to experience the theatre in this breathtaking natural setting.

The Jurassic Coast UNESCO World Heritage Site, encompassing the Dorset and East Devon coastline, stands as England’s first natural World Heritage Site. Stretching 95 miles, this stunning coastline bears witness to 185 million years of Earth’s history, with its rocks preserving a captivating narrative of geological evolution. Carved by millennia of ice ages and fluctuations in sea level, the coast boasts a spectacular landscape. The Coast offers a variety of activities from boat tripsalpaca walking to coasteering and a walking challenge exploring the West Dorset Three Peaks.

Exmoor National Park, home to the Coast Path tracing its entire coastline, offers a diverse tapestry of landscapes. From towering cliffs to woodlands and expansive moorlands, the park provides plenty of opportunities for scenic walks. Visitors to Exmoor can experience moments of peace amidst the rugged beauty, encountering wild red deer, marvelling at the star-filled night skies, and exploring charming villages steeped in character.

King Charles III England Coast Parth – East

Sections open to the public:  

  • Tilbury to Southend-on-Sea
  • Southend-on-Sea to Wallasea Island
  • Burnham-on-Crouch to Maldon
  • Maldon to Salcott
  • Hopton-on-Sea to Sea Palling
  • Sea Palling to Weybourne
  • Hunstanton to Sutton Bridge

Key highlights:

Hunstanton Cliffs, known for its famous red and white striped cliffs, are a captivating sight in Hunstanton. These colourful layers result from varying rock compositions, creating an ideal setting for fossil hunting, exploring rock pools, and admiring historic cliff-top buildings. Visitors can experience a variety of activities suitable for all ages. From family-friendly attractions like Crazy Golf and Pitch-and-Putt to the serene Esplanade Gardens, there’s something to delight every traveller. The town’s lush gardens bloom especially beautifully in the spring and summer months, with a self-guided Horticultural Trail allowing visitors to fully immerse themselves in the floral splendour.

The Mo, also known as the Sheringham Museum, is located along the scenic North Norfolk coast, boasting a rich history spanning over a millennium. Visitors can explore stunning galleries housing a remarkable collection of photographs, social history artifacts, and a fleet of historic lifeboats and fishing boats. With over 20 public events annually, including major exhibitions and cultural initiatives, The Mo offers a diverse range of activities, from family fun during to engaging local history talks and craft demonstrations.

You can find out more about each of these sections on the Route Description page and view the map of King Charles III England Coast Path National Trail Stretch Progress.

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