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:
- Land on the seaward side of the trail will automatically be spreading room.
- On the landward side of the trail, typical coastal landforms such as dunes and cliffs will
automatically be spreading room too.
- There will be a discretionary power for NE to include other land on the landward side of the
trail, by making the boundary of the spreading room coincide with a recognisable physical feature
such as a fence, wall, rock outcrop or woodland edge.
- There will also be a discretionary power for NE to use roll back where the trail is on sections of cliff that are eroding or subject to periodic landslip. This is particularly important for our stretch of coast.
Coastal Access in the North East of England
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
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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.