New South Cumbria stretch of the England Coast Path opens

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The newest part of the two,700 mile England Coast Path Nationwide Path will likely be opened this month by Pure England, taking in elements of the Lake District Nationwide Park and Duddon Estuary.

The brand new path stretches 11 miles, starting in Silecroft and ending at Inexperienced Highway Railway Station on the western aspect of the estuary. It completes the Copeland part of the path, following the opening of the Whitehaven to Silecroft stretch in West Cumbria in 2021.

The newly opened part showcases an extremely assorted panorama, which presents fabulous, uninterrupted views out throughout the Irish Sea. Guests can stroll by means of intensive seashores and dunes, taking within the golden Duddon sands, huge areas of wildlife-rich saltmarsh, and the historic city of Millom. The well-known Lake District mountains are additionally seen from the route, while the distinctive pudding-bowl fell of Black Combe retains an in depth watch over the entire stretch.

Black Guillemot, copyright Glyn Sellors, from the surfbirds galleries

Customer highlights of the 11-mile stretch embody:

  • Shaw Meadow and Sea Pasture SSSI at Silecroft, a part of the Lake District Nationwide Park and the UK’s most northerly lowland heath well-known for its summer season orchids.
  • A brand-new part of path between Silecroft and Haverigg.
  • Hodbarrow Lagoon RSPB Reserve, a former iron mine well-known for its uncommon nesting seabirds and sea wall stroll.
  • Millom city, with its industrial, architectural and literature heritage – the poet Norman Nicholson lived in Millom and Wordsworth’s Duddon Sonnets embody the world.
  • The coastal railway, enabling linear walks alongside this stretch and far of the present Cumbrian England Coast Path.
  • Elevated accessibility for all-terrain wheelchairs and walkers with diminished mobility, because of enhancements in infrastructure.

The Silecroft to Inexperienced Highway stretch joins Allonby to Silecroft and Walney Island, bringing the whole size of England Coast Path in Cumbria to 81 miles. Mark Hesketh, Deputy Space Supervisor for Cumbria at Pure England stated: It’s with actual delight that we open up this 11-mile part of the England Coast Path right now – a welcome addition to the West Cumbrian path. The brand new part is accessible for all customers, together with all-terrain wheelchairs and walkers with diminished mobility. There may be robust proof that reveals opening up entry to the coast attracts extra guests, helps the native economic system and brings elevated well being, wellbeing and nature connections. And what may higher than taking in a few of UK’s most spectacular countryside customer hotspots? Connecting individuals with nature is a basic a part of the Authorities’s 25-year Surroundings Plan, which the England Coast Path is pleased to be part of.

Minister for Rural Affairs, Lord Benyon, stated: The England Coast Path is drastically enhancing entry to our cherished coastlines, while additionally defending uncommon wildlife and habitats. It’s all a part of our 25 12 months Surroundings Plan to assist join individuals throughout the nation with nature. For the individuals of Cumbria, in addition to the hundreds of people that go to this glorious county yearly, I hope this new route will encourage them to enterprise open air and discover the beautiful Copeland shoreline.

Gill Haigh, Cumbria Tourism’s Managing Director stated: The opening of this newest 11-mile stretch of the England Coast Path is fantastic information for all those that wish to expertise the beautiful fantastic thing about Cumbria’s shoreline. Many guests to our county miss out on all that the coastal areas have to supply by heading straight in the direction of the favored central Lake District areas. This new path will encourage extra individuals to get out and benefit from the splendidly assorted and delightful landscapes round Millom and the Duddon Estuary.

This part of England Coast Path is funded by means of grant in support by the Rural Growth Programme for England (RDPE) and delivered by Pure England. Institution works have been carried out by Cumbria County Council.

As soon as full it’ll create a brand new Nationwide Path throughout England’s coast, which at 2,700 miles would be the longest steady coastal strolling route on this planet.

As well as, a brand new video will likely be launched at 7.30pm on Wednesday 2nd March, the place Pure England’s North West England Coast Path staff will share highlights of the brand new stretch alongside the Whitehaven to Silecroft celebration occasion held in St Bees in September.

To join the livestreamed premiere and social media dialogue with the staff, please electronic mail northwest.coastalaccess@naturalengland.org

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