Recent figures demonstrate the health, wellbeing and economic benefits of walking on England’s coastal paths.
Research by Natural England has demonstrated the high popularity of England’s coastal paths. With 29.1 million walking trips every six months and 97% of respondents feeling relaxed and revitalised following their walk, this research reveals a significant value to health and wellbeing.
These visits also provide an economic boost of £350 million, supporting the equivalent of more than 5,900 full-time jobs along the English coast.
As part of the 25 Year Environmental Plan, the government are working to encourage more people to connect with nature. To help achieve this, Natural England are establishing a 2,700-mile path along the entire English coastline.
When completed, the England Coast Path will become a National Trail, and will be the longest continuous coastal walking route in the world. It will be an easy-to-follow and well-maintained walking route which connects long established national trails with new sections. For the first time, it will also secure legal rights of public access to typical coastal land; including beaches, cliffs and dunes.
Bakerwell are providing ecological input into improvements and extensions planned for the Sustrans cycle routes in Sussex and Kent, including a coastal stretch along the iconic cliffs of Dover. Botanical surveys have recently been undertaken with water vole and badger surveys ongoing in Sussex.
Contact us if you require ecological assistance with a coastal project!