Coastal Path funding gets the green light

A grant of £100,000 has been formally accepted from Natural England to start work on the latest phase of the England Coast Path between Amble and Bamburgh.

The approval from the County Council’s Cabinet marks the latest phase of an ambitious government plan to create a continuous walking route around the entire coastline of England and Wales.  

Known as the England Coast Path, work on the Northumberland coast section started five years ago and the stretch between Amble and Bamburgh was given national approval in July 2020.  

While Natural England have done the research and consultation work themselves, the county council will create the path and be responsible for ongoing maintenance – largely funded by the Natural England grant. 

Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Local Services Councillor Glen Sanderson said: “We're so proud to have the most beautiful coastline in the country and this will be another magnificent addition to the Coast Path in Northumberland with the sections from Old Hartley up to Amble having already been established. 

“This latest stretch will take walkers past some of the county’s most iconic landmarks and is sure to be a great attraction both for local residents and visitors to Northumberland.” 

The next and final phase of the scheme in Northumberland will run from Bamburgh right through to the Scottish border, and is still to be fully agreed. 

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