A new walk along Norfolk’s Coastline

Much of the Norfolk coast is classified as an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural beauty) in which a stunning 25-mile stretch will soon be opened up to ramblers and walkers to become the longest natural trail in England

Cliffs between Overstrand and Cromer taken by EDP's Simon Finlay and Steve Downes

Cliffs between Overstrand and Cromer taken by EDP’s Simon Finlay and Steve Downes

A clearly-marked route between Sea Palling and Weybourne will provide new rights of access to coastal land including its beaches, dunes and cliffs. The work of providing signs and gates and contacting the various land owners and households to discuss their design and location is hoped to be completed by late Autumn after which the route should be opened.

Problems can be foreseen because the loss of frontage due to ongoing erosion and cliff fall will mean that the established path will disappear from time to time, meaning that peoples private gardens and property will intersect questionable access. Meanwhile, discussion with local authorities, landowners and businesses is ongoing.

The Norfolk stretch follows on from the secretary of state’s approval for two new stretches of England Coast Path last summer, one in Cumbria and one in the North East, both of which are already officially opened. Once completed, the England Coast Path will be a marked path around the whole English coast, so creating of one of the longest coast paths in the world.

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