For anyone planning a trip to the coast or a UK summer holiday, the new England Coast Path national trail is a hugely exciting prospect, and this guide shows you how to make the most of every single glorious mile.
Environmentalists, volunteers, campaigners, land owners and politicians all came together to create this 'ninth wonder of the world', and from the opening of the path in 2020 onwards, anyone has been able to walk and wild camp along the entire 3,000-mile length of the English coast. It's a fantastic opportunity for all walkers, campers, fans of the coast and the outdoors. Stephen Neale has spent many happy months walking, camping and surveying the path, and from that experience has written a fantastically detailed and rich guidebook covering the route itself, along with everything from the best places to swim, hunt for fossils and eat seafood to hidden away beaches and canoeing spots.
Fully updated for its second edition, with 100 extra adventures from the newly opened sections of the path and spectacular new aerial photography, the book is divided up into the 16 coastal counties and features 1,100 places to see, camp and explore around the coast. Each place has map coordinates and basic directions from the path, allowing walkers to either visit specific places or link highlights together, walking between them along the path.
The England Coast Path represents what makes England so great: a little bit mad, a little bit proud, and the lucky host to one of the most spectacular and wild coastlines in the world. With this book you too can join the adventure.
Stephen Neale is an award winning journalist and freelance travel and business writer. He is obsessed with camping, walking, boats and fishing, and is the author of Wild Camping, Camping by the Waterside and The South West Coast Path, all published by Conway.
"I would encourage anyone with an interest in our open spaces and the campaign for access to read Stephen Neale's England Coast Path."
– Kate Ashbrook, chair of the Ramblers
"Thank you for sharing the story of how the path was made."
– Boris Johnson
"This delightful guide brings the many wonders of England's coastal path to life – every step of the way."
– Nick Clegg
"A very welcome and absorbing book on a long-anticipated and inspiring project which brings us closer to nature. The England Coast Path will leave a positive and lasting legacy for the nation; the story of its creation is almost as inspiring and refreshing as a stroll along the path itself."
– Tom Fewins, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust
"A guide that will be of massive interest to the many tourists and walkers who will enjoy the path for years to come."
– Richard Benyon, former Under-Secretary of State for the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
"BOOK OF THE MONTH: Love exploring the English coast? Then this is definitely one for your rucksack. 1,000 mini adventures bring a fresh sense of adventure to your seaside escape."
– Coast Magazine
"If you are planning to walk all or part of this fantastic trail, start your planning using this fantastic guide. The book gives you all the basic information you are likely to need. If like me the path has come too late for you to be able to walk any of the trail, relax while you enjoy the fantastic photos and imagine you are there in person doing some of the wild activities suggested. I am sure you will enjoy delving into Stephen's well chosen highlights. It's the next best thing to being there in person. Congratulations on a beautiful, well balanced story based on one of my long time dreams. I am proud to have been one of those mentioned in your write up."
– Ann McLaren, President of Essex Ramblers