England Coast Path closed due to a landslip

The England Coast Path (ECP) has been closed between Watchet and Blue Anchor due to a landslip.

Somerset County Council is responsible for maintaining the ECP within the county boundaries and closed the path at the weekend in the interest of public safety.

An inland diversion is available, and the details for this can be found on the site closure notices and online at www.nationaltrailbreaks.com. Somerset County Council will be working with the relevant landowners to assess the long-term safety of the route.

Councillor John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways said: “It’s disappointing that the path between Watchet and Blue Anchor has had to temporarily close, but safety is our top priority and I’m pleased we’ve reacted quickly to provide a diversion.”

Somerset County Council works in partnership with Natural England to manage the England Coast Path in Somerset. The National Trail helps attract more visitors to the County and benefits the local economy.

If you’re interested in helping look after the England Coast Path you can sign up as a Trail Watcher, which will involve adopting a stretch of the trail. By keeping an eye on a stretch that you regularly use and reporting any problems you can help the County Council be more responsive in keeping the trail well maintained and accessible. 

Please follow this web link to find out more: https://volunteering.somerset.gov.uk/opportunities/rights-of-way-volunteer/.