Natural England is currently working on a number of stretches of the England Coast Path in the eastern region.
It has recently started work on extending the Path along the Lincolnshire coast, while in Norfolk the route from Sea Palling to Hopton-on-Sea has been opened. Natural England is now looking to propose the route from Hopton-on-Sea to Aldeburgh in Suffolk.
Work to extend the path from Aldeburgh to Felixstowe will follow, while work will also start on the final stretch in Lincolnshire which extends from Mablethorpe to the Humber Bridge in 2017.
In Essex, Natural England has begun to investigate coastal access around Mersea Island, and between Maldon and Salcott, Burnham-on-Crouch and Maldon, Harwich and Shotley Gate, Salcott and Jaywick, and Jaywick to Harwich. These stretches are expected to be open in 2018.
The England Coast Path is a new long-distance trail that will eventually allow people to walk around the whole English coast. Natural England has a statutory duty to provide this path, and many landowners in the eastern region, and across the country, face the prospect of it running through their land, irrespective of choice.
Natural England is working with Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Lincolnshire County Council officers, who are providing local advice during the development of the route. However, local people will be fully consulted about the proposals before each new stretch of path is put in place.
It says that owners and occupiers of coastal land, local access forums, and key interest groups will all be consulted at an early stage, and there will be scope for anyone else with an interest to have their views heard too.
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A 21-mile stretch of England Coast Path between Hopton-on-Sea and Sea Palling in Norfolk has been opened.
Natural England is looking to propose the route from Hopton-on-Sea to Aldeburgh in Suffolk, while work to extend the path from Aldeburgh to Felixstowe will f