Outdoor organisations demonstrate the need for a Coastal Access Corridor

10 August 2007

The listing was posted by The Central Council of Physical Recreation

A wonderful sunny day provided the backdrop for a number of CCPR members to highlight how a wide range of recreational users can all enjoy England’s spectacular coastline.

Cyclists, climbers, horse riders, canoeists and walkers converged in an event supported by a coalition of leading recreational organisations, including the CCPR, to highlight the government’s ongoing consultation on improving access to England’s coastline.

There were plenty of photo opportunities for the media to capture the enthusiasm of the climbers, walkers, riders and paddlers. The day attracted a lots of media interest including an interview with CCPR on Radio Bristol.

CCPR and other members of the coalition, including the National Trust, British Canoe Union, Equestrian Access Forum, British Caving Association, CCPR, CTC, International Mountain Biking Association UK, Open Spaces Society, Ramblers' Association and the YHA, support the creation of “Coastal Access Corridor” as the best option in the consultation because it:

• promotes health and well-being by allowing people access to a more complete coastal experience.
• provides access to enjoy a whole range of recreational activities that would be restricted if access was simply given to a coastal path.
• includes measures to improve and conserve biodiversity along the English coast, allowing for adaptation as our coastline changes.
• guarantees permanent rights on foot to responsible recreation for all.

Defra’s consultation period ends on 11 September 2007. The CCPR will be responding in full. 

Read a full press release on the event here.