The longest single section of coastal path ever to be approved has been given the green light, giving walkers access to nearly 70 miles of stunning sea views between Filey Brigg and Middlesbrough’s Newport Bridge.
Once works are complete, the new path will stretch around the coast of North-East England along the edge of the North York Moors National Park, passing through Scarborough, Robin Hood’s Bay and Whitby before ending at Middlesbrough’s famous bridge across the River Tees.
Speaking about the announcement Rural Affairs Minister Rory Stewart said: “We have already opened miles of coastal paths across the country, enabling thousands of people to enjoy our spectacular coastline.
“We are an island nation, and the coast and the sea is a central part of what it means to be British.
“North Yorkshire features breath-taking scenery, wild, windswept clifftop walks and vast expanses of sandy shore, incredible places for residents and visitors.
“The new paths announced today will give people easy access to our outstanding coastline as a place to simply rest, relax and admire the view—something that’s crucial for our health and well-being – but also for some of the most testing, energetic walks in Britain”
Along the new path walkers will be able to enjoy historic sites including the spectacular gothic ruins of Whitby Abbey, a stroll to the end of Yorkshire’s only V ictorian pier in Saltburn, and picturesque harbour views in the village of Staithes, home of the explorer Captain Cook.”