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Approval for Folkestone’s segment of the England Coast Path

Posted in England, Folkestone by folkestonejack on March 25, 2015

Natural England have announced that the Secretary of State has given approval for a new stretch of coastal path between Folkestone and Ramsgate which will form one segment of the England Coast Path, a new footpath around England’s coast which is expected to be finished by 2020.

Although many of the footpaths already exist, tying them together in one clearly signed path is a step to be welcomed. It is also a significant decision for the area as it grants walking rights in places where none existed before and should improve access around the Stour estuary.

Folkestone Warren

The path passes above Folkestone Warren and the entrance to Abbottscliff Tunnel

The baton now passes to Kent County Council who will carry out the work needed to implement the agreed path, such as signs and gates, before it opens later this year.

I have walked many of the existing coastal paths in the area and it is always a pleasure to have a fresh excuse to go back. I could certainly never tire of the views around Folkestone, Dover or St Margarets at Cliffe and anything that draws attention to the lovely stretch of coast has to be good.

You can read the full announcement at England Coast Path in Kent: two steps forward. The original proposals, with detailed maps, are available at Coastal Access in Kent: Folkestone to Ramsgate which needs to be read alongside the modifications resulting from the consultation.

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