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England’s coastal access underplayed

August 26, 2014

Please keep lobbying you MP to speed up England’s coastal access, JB.


The Guardian‘s Travel section ran a feature on Saturday 23 August about coastal access in England.  Only it wasn’t about coastal access, it kept referring to the ‘coastal path’.  The standfirst was: ‘Following Wales’s lead, England is opening a national coastal path.’ The author, Chris Moss, then described the route between North Gare, Hartlepool and South Bents in Sunderland, which I helped to open on behalf of the Ramblers in April.

The article was wrong on two counts.  England did not follow Wales’s lead, it was already planning coastal access when Wales began to promote the idea of a coastal path. Secondly, the English coastal access will be superior to that in Wales.  My letter, on behalf of the Open Spaces Society, was published in today’s Guardian:

Your feature on England’s new coastal access (Travel, 23 August) underplays the achievement by referring to it merely as a ‘coastal path’. …

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  1. August 27, 2014 6:43 am

    I always find it extraordinary that the people of an island nation don’t have complete access to their coast. Please do everything you can to support this campaign.

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