Precise details have been published of the proposed route of the north Norfolk leg of a controversial public path that could skirt the coastline of England.

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Weybourne to Sea Palling is one of the pilot areas for the England Coast Path, and Natural England has been drawing up a route for more than two years.

If passed, the 41km stretch would be the first agreed leg in Norfolk. But there is expected to be opposition from some landowners, with parts of the path set to cross private land.

The proposed route passes across sandy beaches, rolling arable farmland and soft cliff tops. Coastal access legislation will enable the footpath to automatically move inland if the route is lost to erosion, with alternative routes drawn up.

Natural England and Norfolk County Council have met landowners to walk the course and discuss where the new route could go, while consulting other interested groups. The public consultation period will run until 5pm on January 11.

Copies of the proposals and comment forms will be at www.naturalengland.org.uk/coastalaccess and will be displayed at: Stalham, Sheringham, Cromer and Mundesley libraries; North Norfolk District Council offices at Cromer; North Norfolk Information Centre at Cromer; Norfolk County Council, County Hall, Norwich.

Library drop-in sessions are at: Stalham, October 20 10am-12; Sheringham, October 25 5-7pm; Cromer, October 30 10am-12; Mundesley, October 30 2-4pm.

6 comments

  • A quick look on an OS map shows that there are long stretches of the coast between Weybourne and Sea Palling without a right of way which I assume is precisely why Natural England has chosen this area as the first for coastal access. Also, remember that those hardworking farmers and landowners receive a lot of taxpayer's money through the Single Farm Payment scheme simply for the privilege of owning land and I'm sure many will be only too happy to give the taxpayer something back in return for their generous subsidy. I for one look forward to being able to enjoy stretches of the coastline that I have been excluded from in the past.

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    Betty Swallocks

    Monday, October 15, 2012

  • The area payments are to enable farmers to keep in the business of providing cheap food for the population and to ensure stability of food supply and prices rather than boom bust and shortages-not to create great tracks for those with nothing better to do than stroll the countryside.A quick look at my 1:50000 OS map reveals an existing right of way from Weybourne to Cromer with a permissive stretch at the Runtons and a ROW from Cromer to Overstrand From Overstrand toTrimingham is the only part without a ROW which does not have a road really close to the beach.There are some gaps from Mundesley to Sea Palling but there is a road close to the beach or it is possible to walk on the beach or dunes or sea wall at all tides except for a small part of Happisburgh. I still say this is a waste of money and the legislation allowing the path to be rolled back in the event of erosion must be worrying to those who own beach side properties and businesses -eg at Bacton, Walcott and between Cart Gap and Sea Palling. This project came out of a countryside bashing government and was formulated by the same body which was on record as backing a project to introduce sea eagles to Norfolk for a bit of PR.

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    Daisy Roots

    Tuesday, October 16, 2012

  • Footpaths are not just a matter of looking after the actual route. As a member of a group of walkers we've noticed that weaver's way goes past certain fieldsgardensland, that look no better than scrap metal yards. But the council don't seem to care

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    weaversway

    Monday, October 15, 2012

  • what an excellent tourist attraction to have the longest footpath in Europe. And what positive opportunities land owners would inevitably have to face up to and live with.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Monday, October 15, 2012

  • I have to agree wholeheartedly with Betty, Weavers Way and Ingo - what a fantastic opportunity to open up miles of coastline not currently accessible. As a resident of Overstrand I think it would be wonderful to be able to walk to Trimingham and on to Mundesley without having to walk along that busy road far from the cliff tops - walking along the beach is just not an option as there is not enough time to get there and back with the tides .

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    brillopad

    Tuesday, October 16, 2012

  • What an unnecessary waste of time money and an imposition on hardworking farmers and landowners I defy Ingo to find more than a few miles -if that - of Norfolk coastline where it is not possible to walk on the beach at all states of the tide and where there is not a ROW footpath or road close by if not. A local salad and vegetable grower has already gone on record as saying that he fears that his crops will be contaminated by dogs -and that they will because current footpath law does not force dog owners to keep dogs on leads nor to clear up excrement. Another absurdity in the original proposals was the width of the path-track size not footpath width- and the proposal that campers should be allowed to pitch tents on the route as well as full scale picnics. If I owned a house on the route I would be very worried by the level of intrusion which the path might cause and even more so if I had grazing land near a tourist hot spot-paddocks could be rendered unuseable by the constant passage of walker. This was a Labour proposal and typical of what came out of Natural England under their control-projects to create jobs for bureaucrats at the expense of others.

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, October 15, 2012

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