NU1335 : A turn on the King Charles III England Coast Path

taken 5 days ago, near to Easington, Northumberland, England

A turn on the King Charles III England Coast Path
A turn on the King Charles III England Coast Path
The King Charles III England Coast Path does not go through the gate ahead, but takes a sharp turn to the right.
King Charles III England Coast Path from Waren Mill to Elwick

For anyone wishing to walk the section of the English coast between Waren Mill NU1434 and the Holy Island Causeway NU0842 the lack of suitable public rights of way has always proved a problem up until 2024. The closest continuous route involves some 3 km along the carriageway of the A1 - neither desirable nor practicable and very unsafe. The best route which keeps largely off-road passes through Belford village and over Fawcet Hill and is up to 5 km from the coast (although it does afford some fine views of Holy Island Harbour). This is the route which has been followed by the Northumberland Coast Path and St Oswald's Way.

The creation of the King Charles III Coast Path has changed the situation. The existing informal path which keeps to the coast has now received official recognition as part of the new National Trail and passage over the sluice at Ross Low has been enabled (a vital link) - but with one important proviso. Budle Bay, Ross Back Sands and Fenham Flats all form part of Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve and is of great importance for nature conservation. Access to the path which keeps directly to the coast between Waren Mill and Elwick Bird Hide is restricted to the months of June and July (the period which will cause the least disturbance to bird life). For the rest of the year, the path is routed well inland past Belford Station, Easington and Elwick; a route which unfortunately includes some 5 miles of quiet tarmac road.

King Charles III England Coast Path (ECP)

The King Charles III England Coast Path (ECP) will take advantage of new public rights of access to the coast, to form a 2,800 mile long public path right around England's coasts.

Parts of the path were already open in 2016, and it was intended at that time that the whole path would be completed by 2020. At that time, the path was called the England Coast Path. It was renamed King Charles III England Coast Path in 2023, in honour of the King's coronation.

More information about the ECP is on the National Trails website: LinkExternal link


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NU1335, 29 images   (more nearby 🔍)
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Oliver Dixon   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Monday, 8 July, 2024   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 9 July, 2024
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NU 1357 3579 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:36.9311N 1:47.1673W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NU 13578 35801
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