A brand new picture-perfect part of the coastal path has opened in East Yorkshire today. The new section is the first to open since the route was named after the new King.
21 miles in length, the new part of the King Charles III England Coast path runs from Bridlington to Filey Brigg taking in stunning scenery including Bempton Cliffs, which is the UK’s second-largest seabird colony, and coves used by 18th-century smugglers.
The new path forms part of the 2,700-mile National Trail around the whole of the English coast, which is due to be completed next year.
The route completes the 50-mile section of the coastal path within Yorkshire and means that serious hikers can now walk 208 miles along an unbroken coast from Bridlington to Bamburgh in Northumberland.
Flamborough Head is a notable part of the walk with its stunning views of the drinking dinosaur, and two lighthouses built in 1674 and 1806. There are also fantastic opportunities for wildlife spotting including seals, which visit every year.
Visitors can also head over to Sewerby Hall, a Grad I-listed Georgian country house, which has a zoo with some fantastic animals to visit as well.
Patrick Wharam, countryside access manager for East Riding Council, said: “We are extremely pleased that this first section of the new National Trail is open, linking North and East Yorkshire with the King Charles III England Coast Path.
“A number of improvements funded by Natural England have been undertaken to improve the path to a National Trail standard, with accessibility and sustainability in mind.
“The new path will attract both domestic and international visitors to enjoy our natural environment, heritage, culture and leisure activities. It will additionally enhance the walking experience for more local users already familiar with the route.
Environment Minister Trudy Harrison said: “I’m delighted to see this stretch open today, which directly connects thousands of people to the coast, and takes us a step closer to being able to walk all the way around England.
“Our Environmental Improvement Plan sets out a commitment for every household to be within a 15-minute walk of a green space or water. The King Charles III England Coast Path is a significant part of this commitment, and the opening today is a fitting tribute to His Majesty the King following the celebrations last weekend.”
Paul Duncan, Natural England area manager for Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, said the new route would give people all over the country “easy access to our spectacular Yorkshire coastline”.