England Coast Path: Bawdsey to Aldeburgh

Find out about the progress of improving coastal access – including maps, process and timing – in Suffolk.


Map of the stretch

Natural England has begun to investigate how to improve coastal access along a 62km stretch of the Suffolk coast between Bawdsey and Aldeburgh.

Officers from Suffolk County Council are providing Natural England with expert local advice and helping to make sure there is full consultation with local interests during the development of the route.

Stage of progress

Stage 4: Determine

On 3 February 2021 Natural England submitted a collection of reports to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs setting out the proposals for improved access to the coast between Bawdsey and Aldeburgh.

You can now read the reports

Anyone can comment on the proposals (make a representation). Landowners and occupiers can make an objection.

Representations and objections must reach Natural England by midnight, Wednesday 31 March 2021.

Objections are forwarded for consideration by an independent planning inspector appointed by the Secretary of State. The inspector will make recommendations to the Secretary of State in respect of each one.

Natural England may not make any further changes to the reports as a result of the representations and objections, but will make comments about them for consideration by the Secretary of State and, in the case of objections, the appointed person (an inspector from the Planning Inspectorate).

The Secretary of State will consider all the representations and objections before making a decision about each of Natural England’s reports. The reports in the collection may get approval at the same time. Some of them may need further consideration.

Next steps

Stage 5: Open

Once the Secretary of State has approved 1 or more of the reports, Natural England will start work with Suffolk County Council on preparing the route for public use.

The first step will be to contact owners and occupiers of the affected land to discuss the design and location of any new infrastructure which is required, such as signs and gates.

When preparations are complete, new access rights will be brought into force along the route and adjoining spreading room.

Find out more about the England Coast Path

See information about all stretches in preparation around England’s coast.

The coastal access scheme gives details of the process being followed to improve access to the coast.

Contact the coastal access team

Contact Natural England with any comments, suggestions or queries you have about improving coastal access.

England Coast Path delivery team (East)

Natural England
Shaftesbury Road


See the map below for information about progress on improving coastal access in other parts of the East of England.

Published 19 June 2017
Last updated 3 February 2021

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