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Cumbria’s coast for the most

April 16, 2014

Good to have more coast open.


The new stretch of coastal access, 36 kilometres from Whitehaven north to Allonby in west Cumbria, is a good thing for many reasons.  It will encourage people to visit this grand but unsung coast, bring important income to areas which suffer some deprivation; and it will provide a facility for local people.

It was splendid, in my role as Ramblers’ president, to join local Ramblers to celebrate the completion of this stretch.  The coastal access is not just a new national trail, but has ‘spreading room’ stretching down to the sea and inland to a sensible boundary.  Here one can roam freely or stop for a picnic.  The legislation which led to the creation of this access, the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009, is an ingenious combination of the 1949 National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act’s long-distance paths (now known as national trails) and the 2000 Countryside and Rights of Way…

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