Lincolnshire Ramblers

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Coastal Path in England

Longest section of Coast Path yet approved

The Ramblers is celebrating the announcement in January 2016 that Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss has approved the longest stretch of the coastal path so far. Work can now begin to make the path between Filey Brigg in North Yorkshire and Middlesbrough’s Newport Bridge a reality. Although people can already enjoy some of the coastline in the area, the new path will include lots of areas where people can take a break and enjoy the views.

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 Running for 70 miles through some of the most spectacular scenery in the north east, the new path will help walkers to access historic sites such as Whitby Abbey and the village of Staithes, home to Captain Cook.

Tom Fewins, Ramblers policy and advocacy manager, said, “we’re really pleased to see progress is being made in the North East and that we’re one step closer to opening up this beautiful stretch of the area’s coastline for everyone to enjoy.  The path will bring huge recreational, social and economic benefits to the North East, as well as providing walkers with a beautiful coastal route offering uninterrupted spectacular sea views along the way. Although people can already enjoy some of the coastline in the area, the new path will include lots of areas where people can take a break and enjoy the views. Importantly for walkers, if the path erodes, a replacement route will be put in place, maintaining the England Coast Path for future generations to enjoy.”

The government recently confirmed that funding to complete the England Coast Path by 2020 would be protected, despite reductions to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ (DEFRA) budget.
The Ramblers have been the driving force behind the campaign to open up the coast for everyone to enjoy, including beaches for kids to play on and cliffs for climbers to clamber up. Through our One Coast for All campaign, we’ve been lobbying the government to open up our coastline and set out a full timetable for completion. The new coastal route will be a high-quality piece of infrastructure which will link coastal communities around England and provide the foundation for outdoor recreation and tourism for decades to come.

- See more at: http://www.ramblers.org.uk/news/news/2016/january/longest-section-of-coast-path-yet-approved.aspx#sthash.b2VlU7Cg.dpuf

English Coastal Trail coming to Lincolnshire

In 2014 the Coalition Government announced that this footpath around the English coast would be completed by 2020. Natural England (NE) has a legal duty to draw up plans for a Coastal path following discussion with interested parties and to allocate funds for construction. The NE plan to initiate this path is to triple their manpower working on the project. The coastline is divided into a number of sections to build the path and NE strategy to initiate work on several sections together without waiting for others to be completed. The hope is that any future government budget cuts will not affect sections where work has started.

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In August 2015 I and other Ramblers members attended Ramblers seminars and then consultation meetings with NE staff prior to work starting on the Skegness section of the Path. We learnt about the physical guideline features for the Coastal path and were consulted by NE on our ideas for a route. The NE remit is to consult with users such as ourselves as well as landowners and County Council Rights of Way officers. 

Then NE devises a route for public consultation. After including any revisions the route is sent to the (Government) Planning Inspectorate for final approval. This last stage can take up to a year.
Key points about the trail: -
1. The Coastal Path/Trail is actually new Access land. It has similar legal status as land created by the CROW Act 2000 rather than the usual Rights of Way which we are all used to. The path will extend to 2 metres on each side of its centre line. (So 4 metres wide). It will be a footpath only. However if existing bridleways or restricted byways are used for the path then they will retain those rights to ride a horse etc..
2. For the first time ever there will be a legal right to walk on beaches – land which belongs to the Crown.
3. Once created the Path will become a National Trail with the familiar acorn symbol like others already in existence e.g. Pennine Way. As such government funding will be provided for its future maintenance rather than relying totally on local government funds.
4. There will almost always be Spreading Room on the seaward side of the Trail which is ‘open access’ where the public will have the right to go. The boundary of this space will usually be determined by safety factors. On the landward side where there is a risk of path erosion by encroaching tides, eroded cliffs etc. the path may be ‘rolled back’ i.e. diverted onto sound ground. Any roll back action by NE can be done without consultation.
5. In some situations the path will need to cross ‘Excepted Land’ e.g. golf courses, camp sites, public parks/gardens. Here there will be no spreading room. There will always be problem areas such as MOD land and SSSIs. This will be particularly the case for the Humber coastal and estuary sections.

The first section of the path on our coast is a short one from Skegness pier to Mablethorpe North End Car Park 27 km long but only 9 km of this section currently has no path. The second section is from Sutton Bridge to Skegness pier, taking in Boston and Gibraltar Point is 92 km long but only a 10km piece near Wainfleet is without any path. These two sections are expected to be finished in 2018.The third section is a long and difficult one from Mablethorpe to the middle of the Humber Bridge taking in Donna Nook. This section has docks, MOD sites and several SSSI areas. Work on this section will start in 2016. The maps, above, show the start and finish points of the 2 sections.

Drop in meetings were due to  be held for the first two sections in November and December 2015. Other information from :-
www.gov.uk/government/collections/england-coast-path-improving-public-access-to-the-coast, Then select  either England coast path in the east of England (for Sutton Bridge section) or England Coast path in the north east of England (for Skegness northwards)

History of Coastal (footpath) Trail

On 12th November 2009 the Marine and Coastal Access Bill finally receved the royal assent and became an Act and the good news was announced by the Ramblers shortly afterwards. 

The Ramblers have been the driving force behind the campaign to open up the coast for everyone to enjoy, including beaches for kids to play on and cliffs for climbers to clamber up. In 2009, we won the right to walk along the coast and explore our stunning beaches but development on the ground was slow. Through our One Coast for All campaign, we’ve been lobbying the government to open up our coastline and set out a full timetable for completion
The new coastal route will be a high-quality piece of infrastructure which will link coastal communities around England and provide the foundation for outdoor recreation and tourism for decades to come.
The first section of the path was completed in 2012 on the Dorset coast in time for the Olympic Games events nearby.
In November 2015 the government gave a clear indication that they intend to follow through on their pledge. Responding to a Parliamentary Question, DEFRA Minister Rory Stewart confirmed that funding to complete the coastal path around England by 2020 will be protected. Further details about funding will be announced early in 2016. - See more at: http://www.ramblers.org.uk/news/news/2015/december/england-coast-path-funding-protected.aspx#sthash.Wf0z6iTx.dpuf

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County sights and some other related pictures.

This module presents a few photos of Lincolnshire places and other walking related pictures in the county 

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