Sutton Bridge and South Holland district expected to get economic boost from coast path

The coastal path, marked in red, through Sutton Bridge.
The coastal path, marked in red, through Sutton Bridge.
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South Holland is one district expecting a boost from tourism when the Sutton Bridge to Skegness section of the England Coast Path opens next year.

The vision for the path came from the Ramblers but Natural England is steering the project to completion, and inviting public comments on the route with a deadline of March 21.

Ramblers on part of the proposed coast path near Frampton Marsh Nature Reserve.

Ramblers on part of the proposed coast path near Frampton Marsh Nature Reserve.

Sutton Bridge will see more tourists than some places, because the route comes through the port, along West Bank and ends at Cross Keys Bridge.

Then it’s a short step to link up with the Sir Peter Scott Walk to King’s Lynn.

Parish council chairman John Grimwood said: “It’s got to be a good thing for the village, as long as it doesn’t interfere with the port, because I would think people walking will stop off here.”

John Beaven, the South Lincolnshire area footpath officer for the Ramblers, said there are urban sections in Sutton Bridge and Boston but, for the most part, the route is on the outer sea bank while many current paths are two banks from the sea.

The proposed route (marked in orange) of the Sutton Bridge to Skegness section of the England Coast Path. Map from Natural England.

The proposed route (marked in orange) of the Sutton Bridge to Skegness section of the England Coast Path. Map from Natural England.

He said: “The remit is to have a path within view of the sea for as long as possible.”

Stuart Parker, area secretary for Lincolnshire Ramblers, said: “We believe it represents an important addition to our path network and we are sure it will be well used by the public in Lincolnshire.”

“One of the main aspects of having a complete coast path in England is to assist with economic regeneration of our coastal regions which can often suffer a downturn out of season. Walking is an all-season activity which will help tourism and we look forward to welcoming walkers to the full Lincolnshire coastline.”

• For more visit www.gov.uk and type ‘England Coast Path: Sutton Bridge to Skegness’.

The coastal path, marked in red, through Sutton Bridge.

The coastal path, marked in red, through Sutton Bridge.

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