Updated: 10 August 2016

Access to the Yorkshire Coast

Summary of Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009

The Act places a duty on Natural England (NE) to use its proposed powers to secure twin objectives, one relating to a long-distance walking route around the English coast - 'the trail', the other to an accessible margin of land in association with the route where people will be able to spread out and explore, rest or picnic should they wish to - 'spreading room'.
The route of the trail will be decided first. Where there is an existing route along the coast which meets the criteria for the trail set out in NE's Approved Scheme, the trail will adopt that route. But where there is none, or where an existing route is unsatisfactory, a new or improved route will be provided. The chosen route of the trail will determine the eligibility of any land to either side of it as spreading room:

Coastal Access in the North East of England

Yorkshire & Humber

Work is well underway and the latest information from Natural England can be found here. The status of work on the 12 stretches along the coast of North East England, as of 21 July 2016, is shown below.
Click on the map to get pdf copy.

Filey Brigg to North Gare

The stretch between Filey Brigg, Newport Bridge and North Gare was opened on 21 July 2016. Click on this link to get more information.

Filey Brigg to the Humber Bridge

  • Ramblers' reports for Filey Brigg to Kilnsea, and Kilnsea to the Humber Bridge are currently restricted, to read them use this link.

Note that access to these proposals is restricted. Please use this link to Request a password

BBC programme on Coastal Access

Inside Out Yorks and Lincs programme (14 Sep 2015) featured coastal access in East Yorkshire, with excellent contributions from East Yorks and Derwent Area and a very brief bit from Kate Ashbrook (Ramblers National President). You can watch it here 10 mins into the programme.