Stuart Maconie named as our new president
Stuart was elected to the honorary position at our annual meeting (General Council) on Saturday (1 April 2017) in Southampton and hopes to use his presidency to encourage more people to enjoy the outdoors and get involved in protecting people’s rights to access the countryside.
Stuart developed a love for walking during his time as deputy editor of the New Musical Express (NME), when he found walking to be an antidote to a busy life. Since then, he’s walked all 214 Wainwrights, completed the Hadrian’s Wall Path national trail and walked much of the South West Coast Path.
More information and a short video here
England Coast Path
Natural England “the government’s advisor on the natural environment” plans to open the England Coast Path around
England’s coastline by 2020. Full details of progress can be obtained on line England Coast Path
Status in Dorset
Lyme Regis to Rufus Castle (Portland) – Implementation of this section is currently being held up owing to a public inquiry which was held in November and December 2016, the outcome should be known in March 2017. If the objection is upheld there will be further delay while an alternative route for this section is negotiated which will then be published for further public consultation
Rufus Castle (Portland) to Lulworth Cove was opened on 29 June 2012 and was the very first section opened on the English Coastline
Lulworth Cove to Highcliffe – this section is currently under development and consultation is being carried out with land owners and other interested parties. It is planned that it will be fully open in 2018 although the section between Kimmeridge Bay and Highcliffe may be open earlier.
For more information please contact the Area Footpath Secretary (see Contact page)
Kingswear to Lyme Regis (approx 68 miles of coastline) – this section is currently under development and consultation is being carried out with landowners and other interested parties. Planned for 2018.
Highcliffe to Calshot (approx 56 miles of coastline) – this section is currently under development and consultation is being carried out with landowners and other interested parties. Planned for 2018.
Big Pathwatch Report and Update
Citizen surveyors walked every path in almost half the total area of England and Wales recording more than 100,000 features including attractive views and interesting flora and fauna; and locked gates, barbed wire across paths and missing or misleading signs.
The results revealed that although more than half (56%) of paths are well-kept and signposted, more than a third (35%) are in need of improvement and nearly a tenth (9%) are difficult or impossible to use
For more information Big Pathwatch
Bere Regis Path Claims
If you have walked these paths in the past and would be prepared to assist please email Dorset Area President for more details and a claim form.
The paths are shown here Dorset Explorer