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Detailed maps of route of contentious north Norfolk coast path are published

A couple walking along the coast path at Beeston Regis on the North Norfolk coast.

A couple walking along the coast path at Beeston Regis on the North Norfolk coast.

Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2009

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.

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.

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