This is something we need – a Marine and Coastal Access Act, which has just become law in Britain. From the UK Telegraph:
South of the border, we’re playing catch-up, but the Marine and Coastal Access Act, which became law on Thursday, is a historic breakthrough. The creation of a continuous, coastal access zone, and the protection of our marine habitats, will help us to see that we belong to a global biosphere. Part of that imaginative leap is the rediscovery of our status as islanders, with a responsibility for our own shores and coastal waters…
Opening the entire coast of England to public access will put “forgotten” places back on the map. For a long time now, the 630-mile South West Coast Path has demonstrated how a long-distance walking route can generate local employment and encourage low-carbon tourism. Full article here.
Someone by the name of Robert added as a comment at the end of that article:
Here in Germany I cannot recall ever seeing a footpath, coastal or otherwise. That is because one can walk everywhere, other than someone’s back garden or a private yard etc. Everywhere else is open. I think that I could walk from Switzerland to the North Sea without needing to use a road along the way. The idea of being prohibited from walking where you want to in your own country is quite alien over here. Never mind, at least you can now walk along the coast. Perhaps in time to come you will be able to enjoy the rest of the country.