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Plan for 36-mile coastal walk is now a step closer

Pegwell Bay
Pegwell Bay

An England Coast Path is becoming a reality as the next step has been made in proposals for a 36-mile coastal route from Folkestone and Ramsgate.

Natural England last week published its final proposals to improve public access along the stretch of seafront and now there are eight weeks for landowners and occupiers to make objections and the public to make representations on the proposals.

The comments will be taken into account by the Secretary of State when considering whether to approve the new stretch of access.

Jim Seymour, Natural England’s area manager for Kent, said: “These proposals present a great opportunity to improve and enhance access to a wonderful stretch of Kent’s coastline. We are excited about these improvements and look forward to seeing people’s representations.”

A spokesman for Natural England said: “If approved, this route will become part of the England Coast Path – the long distance walking route being developed around the entire English coast.

“It will traverse a stunning section of Kent’s undulating coastline which goes from sea level at the Sandwich peninsula with its sweeping panoramic views, right up to 110 metres (350 feet) on top of Shakespeare Cliff and including the famous White Cliffs of Dover.

“The route is the result of in-depth discussions with landowners, partners, stakeholders and members of the public. It is also designed to integrate with other major projects in the area such as the new flood banks along the River Stour near Sandwich.

“Existing pathways, like the Saxon Shore Way, Stour Valley Walk, Thanet Coastal Path and the North Downs Way National Trail, are incorporated into the proposals where possible, with the aim of clarifying access rights to the less well-known areas of the Stour estuary and Sandwich peninsula.”

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