Mid Lancashire Area Ramblers

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Coastal Path

As at 30-Oct-17 the status on the Coastal Path relevant to the North West is as shown below -

Whitehaven to Allonby is open, being 36km long. In reality it is possible now to walk from Silloth to St Bees on the coast.

Whitehaven to Silecroft the route was approved in Sept 2015, with expectation it would open in early 2017, which will be about 55km long. The date then slipped to early Summer 2017, and then to early Summer 2018 and then to late Summer 2018. This means the task to implement the route which was initially expected to take 15 to 18 months, is going to take nearly 3 years to do.

Walney Island the route now to be 33km long, but previously it was expected to be about 35km long. The route now stops short of both the North End and South End of the Island because nature reserves are to be found at these locations, and will be the subject of long term exclusions The anticipated costs for implementing the Coastal Path on Walney Island is £233k, with the biggest components being for bridges and vegetation clearance with implementation of the route being expected in 2018, but no month has been stated.

Allonby to Gretna the route is expected to be about 98km long. The proposed route has seen some objections, which are being considered by the Planning Inspectorate, with a public inquirysceduled to be held in Dec 2017. A decision is hoped for in Spring 2018, with implementation during 2019.

Planning started in Feb 16 on the next two sections of the coastal way these being -

Silecroft to Silverdale: 142km – previously shown as being 101km approx. The detour of the route around the River Mint is the main reason for the increase in the expected distance.

Silverdale to Cleveleys:  82km approx., but consider this to be an under estimate given that the route is now expected to go via Shard Bridge, for the Knott End to Fleetwood Ferry service is now expected to close because of the Government’s austerity measures.

Detailed proposals for these two sections were expected in Autumn 2017, but this date has now slipped to early 2018. These proposals could then be the subject of appeals.

At the end of March 17 Natural England started work on planning the last two sections of the Coastal Way in the NW, these being –

Cleveleys to Liverpool : a distance of about 124km, which will include the Ribble Estuary.

Birkenhead to Burton (Welsh border): a distance of about 41km.

 

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As at 30-4-17 the status on the Coastal Path relevant to Lancashire is as below.

The latest position with the Coastal Path in the NW is as follows –

Whitehaven to Allonby is open, being 36km long. In reality it is possible to walk from Silloth to St Bees on the coast.

Whitehaven to Silecroft the route was approved in Sept 2015, with expectation it would open in early 2017, which will be about 55km long. The date then slipped to early Summer 2017. Unofficial reports indicate that this is likely to slip again to Autumn 2017.

Walney Island the route now to be 33km long, but previously it was expected to be about 35km long. The route now stops short of both the North End and South End of the Island because nature reserves are to be found at these locations, and will be be the subject of long term exclusions The anticipated costs for implementing the Coastal Path on Walney Island is £233k, with the biggest components being for bridges and vegetation clearance with implementation of the route being expected in 2018, but no month has been stated.

Allonby to Gretna the route is expected to be 98km long. The proposed route has seen some objections, which are being considered by the Planning Inspectorate. A decision is hoped for later this year, with implementation during 2019.

Planning started in Feb 16 on the next two sections of the coastal way these being -

Silecroft to Silverdale: 142km – previously shown as being 101km approx. The detour of the route around the River Mint is the main reason for the increase in the expected distance.

Silverdale to Cleveleys:  82km approx., but consider this to be an under estimate given that the route is now expected to go via Shard Bridge, for the Knott End to Fleetwood Ferry service is now expected to close because of the Government’s austerity measures.

Detailed proposals for these two sections are expected later this year, which could then be the subject of appeals.

At the end of March 17 Natural England started work on planning the last two sections of the Coastal Way in the NW, these being –

Cleveleys to Liverpool : a distance of about 124km, which will include the Ribble Estuary.

Birkenhead to Burton (Welsh border): a distance of about 41km.

Monday, December 10, 2018