The England Coast Path is a continuous, long-distance National Trail around the entire coastline of England. When complete, it will be the world’s longest unbroken coastal trail.

The England Coast Path (ECP) runs for roughly 2,795 miles/4,500 kilometres or so, from the Scottish border on the west coast, past St Bees at the start of the popular Coast to Coast route, around Cumbria, past Blackpool and the beautiful Formby coast, round Liverpool and the Wirral peninsula to reach the Welsh border near Chester.

Beyond Wales, the path resumes at Chepstow on the Welsh/English border, before heading to Minehead, at the start of the  630-mile South West Coast Path. The South West Coast Path navigates the Somerset and North Devon coasts, to round Cornwall and then Devon, before going along Dorset’s Jurassic Coast to reach Poole Harbour, near Bournemouth.

But it’s more than just a path. Changes in the law in 2009, now give everyone a new right of access to the shore: to beaches, cliff tops, salt marshes and dunes, as well as to heritage and historic industrial sites that are part of England’s ancient story.