Green Walking on the coastal paths of England and Wales

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The great majority of the sections of the 5500km of coastal paths round England and Wales have public transport facilities which range from adequate to excellent, but there are some gaps. Here, we list stretches of more than 20km of coast path without any public transport. A gap of over 30km is highlighted in yellow; a gap of over 40km is highlighted in red. Escape points are given in parentheses: if only a place-name is given, it indicates a pick-up/set-down point by taxi or private arrangement.

The coastal route is defined by lowest crossing point (including ferries). The entire route, extended from Marshall Meadows to Cockburnspath to link with the John Muir Way, is contained in our public transport connection matrix set (1254 locations, 111 matrices).

England Coast Path: Gretna to Chester

Gretna to Carlisle (bus 2.5km E of Rockcliffe)22.49km

Llwybr Arfordir Cymru / Wales Coast Path

Beaumaris to Croestryn (bus at Llandona, 1.5km)23.21km
Cemaes to Llanfachraeth (bus at Rhydwyn, 1.5km)28.15km
Towyn (Llŷn) to Aberdaron (bus on B4417 at Plas Farm, 2.5km)27.26km
Goodwick to Trefin (Pwll Deri)28.24km
Pembroke to Freshwater East (Angle, Castlemartin, bus Thu and Sat)55.51km
Newport to Severn Tunnel Junction (Goldcliff)28.56km

England Coast Path: Chepstow to Marshall Meadows

Lynton to Combe Martin (Hunters Inn)21.26km
Wembury to Salcombe (Bigbury-on-Sea)44.33km
Burnham-on-Crouch to Bradwell Waterside (bus 2.5km W of Othona)26.78km
Felixstowe to Aldeburgh (Bawdsey, Hollesley, Orford, Snape)55.62km
Aldeburgh to Southwold (bus at Leiston, 3.3km W of Sizewell)25.21km
Sutton Bridge to Boston (Gedney Drove End, Fosdyke)48.92km
Boston to Wainfleet (bus at Wrangle, 2.8km from Sea Lane)35.60km
Skeffling Clough to Easington (Kilnsea)22.67km

The England and Wales Coast Paths incorporate a number of exclusively coastal routes, including the National Trails listed below.

Often, a local coastal path will take a marginally different route (the Llwybr Arfordirol Ynys Môn / Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path is one example): our matrices assume the route marked on the map as the England/Wales Coast Path.

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