414. The coastal access duty: the English coastal route and access to the coastal margin.

The Marine and Coastal Access Act 20091 imposes a duty (known as the 'coastal access duty'2) on Natural England3 and the Secretary of State4 to exercise the relevant functions5 in order to secure the following two objectives6.

The first objective is that there is a route (the 'English coastal route') for the whole of the English coast7 which:


    (1)     consists of one or more long-distance routes along which the public are enabled to make recreational journeys on foot or by ferry8; and


    (2)     (except to the extent that it is completed by ferry) passes over land which is accessible to