Plans unveiled to open up 38-mile coastal path between Bamburgh and Scottish Border - the final stretch of the stunning Northumberland coast to England's Coast Path

Plans to open up a 38-mile stretch of coast between Bamburgh and the Scottish Border have been unveiled by Natural England.

Wednesday, 15th January 2020, 12:01 am
Updated Wednesday, 15th January 2020, 10:07 am
Plans to open up a 38-mile (61km) stretch of coast between Bamburgh and the Scottish Border (including Holy Island) have been unveiled by Natural England.

The route takes in Budle Bay, Holy Island and Berwick before finishing on the border at Marshall Meadows.

This is the final stretch of the England Coast Path to be developed in Northumberland, after the route between South Bents and Amble opened in July 2018.

The Amble to Bamburgh route proposals are currently being considered by the Secretary of State.

Budle Bay near Bamburgh.

There is now a period of eight weeks for the public to have their say on the England Coast Path proposals.

If approved, this route will become part of the England Coast Path – the 2,700 mile long distance walking route currently being developed by Natural England.

Stephanie Bird-Halton, Natural England’s area manager for the Northumbria team, said: “This proposed stretch of England Coast Path explores the stunning Northumberland coastline famed for its quiet sandy beaches, and takes in historic gems including Bamburgh Castle and Holy Island Priory.

“We have had discussions with landowners and key organisations along the proposed route, and their input has been essential and helped shape the proposals.

“Over the next eight weeks, we are inviting all organisations, farmers, local residents, visitors and businesses to have their say, and we look forward to hearing people’s views.”

Coun Glen Sanderson, cabinet member for Environment and Local Services with Northumberland County Council, added: “This is a fantastic project along a truly spectacular stretch of our beautiful coastline.

“It will be the final link along the county’s coast and involve a number of improvements to the paths along this stretch and it’s important people have the opportunity to submit their views during this consultation.”

Anyone may make representations to Natural England. Owners and occupiers of affected land may make objections 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 March 11, 2020. Copies of the reports can be viewed in local libraries, council offices and tourist information centres.