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News piece from the Ramblers web site – 1 December 2015 “Today we’re celebrating the government’s confirmation that funding to complete the England Coast Path by 2020 will be protected, despite recently announced reductions to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ (DEFRA) budget. Chancellor George Osborne presented his Autumn Statement last week, detailing £20bn of budget cuts intended to eliminate the budget deficit, including spending reductions at DEFRA averaging around 30 percent over the next four years. Given the substantial cuts expected, we’ve been working hard to ensure that the government maintains it’s commitment to construct the England Coast Path by 2020, so that the substantial momentum, experience and benefits realised to date are not lost. The government has now given a clear indication that they intend to follow through on their pledge. Responding to a Parliamentary Question, DEFRA Minister Rory Stewart confirmed that funding to complete the…

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Join the Ramblers most ambitious campaign ever to protect and improve our glorious paths in England and Wales.  Taking part is a walk in the park – or the hills, the countryside or the woods. And wherever you walk, use our handy new app to tell us what you find. It could be a wonky bridge or a locked gate; a flooded path or fallen tree. We’ll then try to fix the problems that you find. We’ll also celebrate the wonderful things you see – like beautiful views and amazing wildlife. And together we’ll keep our paths open for everyone to enjoy. On OS Explorer maps of England and Wales, everywhere is divided into 1 km grid squares. To take part, pick one of these squares and walk every footpath in it.

Work is well underway on the England Coast Path – a new National Trail around all of England’s coast. For the first time people will have the right of access around all our open coast. This includes – where appropriate – any land, other than the trail itself, which forms part of the coastal margin and which has public rights of access along the way. This is known as ‘spreading room’. Natural England expects to complete work on the England Coast Path in 2020.

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