Plans unveiled for 72 miles of new coastal path between Cleveleys and Liverpool

New plans for a 72-mile seafront footpath linking the Fylde coast to Liverpool have been unveiled today.

By Rebecca Beardmore
Wednesday, 7th October 2020, 11:58 am
Updated Wednesday, 7th October 2020, 12:29 pm

The England Coast Path, proposed by Natural England to link Cleveleys to Pier Head in Liverpool, is the second stretch to be developed in Lancashire, after a route between Silverdale and Cleveleys was proposed in January this year.

The proposals recommend "significant improvements" to 45.5miles of coastal path in Lancashire and new proposals for a further 27 miles in Merseyside.

The path will stretch from Cleveleys through to Southport, before reaching its end at the Mersey Ferry terminal at Pier Head, Liverpool.

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Plans for 72 miles of new coastal path between Cleveleys (pictured) and Liverpool were unveiled today. (October 7)

If approved, the route will become part of the England Coast Path – the 2,700 mile long walking route and England’s newest National Trail, currently being developed around the entire English coast by Natural England.

In 2017, visits to coastal paths across England boosted the economy by £350m, with 97 per cent of people feeling "refreshed and revitalised," according to Natural England.

An eight-week consultation is now under way for people to have their say on the proposal.

Lancashire County Councillor Michael Green, cabinet member for economic development, environment and planning, said: "Having this new national trail passing through the length of Lancashire on the west, complementing the Pennine Bridleway on the east, is an exciting development.

If approved, Natural England will develop a coastal path between Cleveleys and the Mersey Ferry terminal at Pier Head (pictured). Earlier this year, proposals were put forward for another stretch of the path, linking Cleveleys with Silecroft, Cumbria.

"It will provide a high quality facility for residents and visitors alike and it will attract people who have not previously thought of themselves as "outdoorsy," or who have not got the confidence to find their way around Lancashire's network of public paths.

"Although the England Coast Path will be followed by experienced long-distance hikers it is primarily to be enjoyed by occasional walkers or family outings.

"Exercise in the countryside is known to be beneficial for mental and physical well-being - get out there, enjoy it and feel great."

In developing these proposals, Natural England has collaborated with land managers from across the North West to ensure the new access will be sustainable and will not impact on the many protected sites and species on the coast.

A spokesman for Natural England said it expected the entire coastal route "to be open, or to have establishment works under way, by the end of 2021."

How can I have my say?

Anyone can make representations to Natural England about the report during the eight week period.

Owners and occupiers of affected land can make objections about the report on specified grounds, which will be considered by a planning inspector before the Secretary of State makes a final decision.

All representations and objections must be received by Natural England no later than midnight on December 2.

The full reports and all the forms and guidance on how to comment are also available on the Government website.