From the rugged Beauty of Northumberland to the White Cliffs of Dover, the coastline defines our country.
And now England’s special relationship with the sea is to be marked in a new way, as a record-breaking 2,700 mile coastal footpath moves closer to completion.
When it opens fully in three years’ time the England Coast Path will be the longest of its kind in the world. Until recently a third of the English coast was inaccessible, without proper or secure pathways for ramblers and dog walkers.
In three years time, the entire coastline of England should be accessible to ramblers and dog walkers
For a fast walker, completing 21 miles a day, it would take approximately 128 days to complete the entire journey
But 100 per cent of the joined-up route from Aust, just north of Bristol, round to Berwick-upon-Tweed in Northumberland is now either open to the public, or is being established or drawn up.
So too is the section from Gretna on the Scottish border to Birkenhead on the Welsh.
For a fast walker completing 21 miles a day, it would take 128 days or more than four months to walk the whole path.
Walkers wanting to make a complete circuit of England would have to take routes along the Scottish border and the Welsh.
The England Coastal Path takes in spectacular sights including the wild Poldark scenery of Cornwall and the Jurassic Coast in Dorset.