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