Walking England’s coastal paths is a pretty easy thing to do, because even if you live in the Midlands, you are never more than 70 miles or so from the sea, so it’s not far to take a few days away. If you live nearer, then we have lots of lovely coastal walks to explore. The main coastal paths are hundreds of miles, so you can either walk them as part of a holiday over several days or weeks, or just walk parts of one. You can buy good walking boots from Wills Vegan Shoes or Ethical Wares.
Some of the coastal paths are quite difficult and not wheelchair-friendly, so check details before you go. Obviously don’t walk dogs near cliffs (and keep dogs on leads nearby – even the most obedient dog may forget if he sees a seagull). See how to find good dog walks for info on safe dog walking, including the Countryside Code to keep dogs and livestock safe.
Wainwight’s Coast-to-Walk Walk starts at St Bees in Cheshire (on the west coast) and ends when you paddle your toes in Robin Hood’s Bay in East Yorkshire. The journey takes you through some of our most spectacular land, and takes a few weeks, stopping at friendly pubs and B & Bs on the way.
The Salt Path is the story of a woman whose husband is diagnosed with a terminal illness, and then they lose their job (which comes with a home). So with nothing to lose, they take off with only their backpacks and walk the South West Coast Path. An amazing journey that changes their lives forever.
40 Coast & Country Walks
This is a nice series of little books, you may like if you live nearby or are on holiday:
- Cornwall has over 400 miles of coastline and an excellent public path network. Find rugged shorelines, gorgeous sandy beaches, turquoise waters, meandering rivers and wide open countryside. Walks are from 2 to 8 miles.
- North York Moors includes the largest area of heather upland in England, rising from the Vale of York and continuing to the North Sea Coast, where dramatic cliffs expose the geology that shaped this unique environment. From tranquil dales and stunning coasts, to ancient woodlands and charming moorland villages.
- Dorset takes you from Old Harry Rocks, Lulworth and Durdle Door, along the shore of the Jurassic Coast to Lyme Regis, via the glowing summit of Golden Cap and the one-eyed winking lighthouse at Portland Bill!
- Northumberland is England’s most northerly county, filled with ancient castles overlooking golden sand beaches, plus you’ll find rolling hills, rugged moorland and friendly little towns and villages.
- Suffolk is a place of retreat, to escape from everyday life. From heather covered heathland to softly rolling hills, you can then venture to genteel coastal enclaves and kiss-me-quick seaside resorts. Suffolk boasts 5,600km of rights of way, to discover this most gentle of English counties
- Devon takes you from the crumbly rhubarb-and-cream-coloured cliffs of the Jurassic Coast in the southeast to the surf-stroked craggy coves in the north, across the wilderness and woodland of Dartmoor and Exmoor. For an easy afternoon stroll on the shore to a tor-topping trek on the moors, there’s something to suit every boot.