A brand new National Trail is being developed, and it’s set to be the longest managed and way-marked coastal path in the world. But the exciting part? The England Coast Path will run across our beloved Yorkshire coast, as well as bring a boost to our economy while it’s at it.
The 2,700 mile trail is set to run across all of the English coast, starting right at the Scottish border and leading all the way round to the Welsh border. It’s a walker’s biggest dream, highlighting some incredible views, heritage buildings and famous landscapes along the way – including the Robin Hood’s Bay Coast to Coast walk.
The North Eastern section of the trail begins at Berwick-upon-Tweed, before leading down towards Newcastle, down past Whitby and by famous seaside town, Scarborough. The trail continues down through Lincolnshire, too, stopping at Grimsby and Skegvegas (Skegness, sorry…), before beginning the South East section of the trail.
Expected to be complete this year, the trail will make the coastline fully accessible for the very first time, linking a number of public trails throughout for tourists to explore.
Visitors to the North East section (the best section, in our humble opinion) can expect traditional fishing villages, the best fish and chips they’ll ever have, and beautiful sea views throughout. Highlights of the North East trail include Whitby, Scarborough, the Cliff Lift at Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Staithes, Redcar Beacon and Filey Brigg.
The England Coast Path has been opening in sections and “aims to stay as close to the coast as possible”. The 68-mile stretch between Filey Brigg to Newport Bridge in Middlesbrough is yet to open, however will showcase dramatic scenes of the North Yorkshire cliffs, as well as our more traditional fishing towns that already attract thousands upon thousands annually.
According to Natural England, England’s coastal paths operate a whopping 29.1 million walks every six months, which will provide a welcome boost to Yorkshire’s economy.
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