Berwickshire Coastal Path 2024

Closed 31 Jan 2024

Opened 16 Jan 2024


Scottish Borders Council is seeking feedback on the current condition of the path and views on its future, including its alignment, taking into consideration the continued threat of erosion.  The survey will inform the next stages of a project aiming to develop a longer term plan for the path which protects and enhances it whilst continuing to allow for adaption as and when required.

The Berwickshire Coast is known for its dramatic clifftop scenery, quaint coastal villages and rare wildlife and geology. The Berwickshire Coastal Path (referred to as the Coastal Path) winds from Cockburnspath to Berwick-upon-Tweed, connecting to many key points of interest for some 48 km.
Coastal erosion is a natural process, where the sea ‘eats’ away at the coastline, leading to cliff collapses. Sea level rise combined with harsh storms increase coastal erosion and flooding. Storms like the Black Friday Storm (1881), the Burns Day storm (1990) and more recently Storm Arwen (2021), have a devastating effect.
Future stages of this project will include design of high-level options for the future of the Coastal Path. The high-level options will be based on the information you provide, the vulnerability assessment, and the economic feasibility of the options.
We will be focussing on the following stretches of the Coastal Path (shown in the figure below):
● Cockburnspath to Dowlaw
● Dowlaw to St Abb’s
● St Abb’s to Eyemouth
● Eyemouth to Lamberton

Picture of full Berwickshire Coastal Path


Why your views matter

Your responses will inform the future of the Berwickshire Coastal Path.

Thank you.


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