Boris Johnson, British Prime Minister – March 20, 2020
"Thank you... for sharing the story of how the path was made."
The England Coast Path – 1,000 mini adventures around the longest coast path in the world
Our coast is our greatest national asset – this is the story of how one footpath will surround England's coast from 2021 to support our businesses... and the best places you can explore now – by the people that built the path
Nick Clegg, former Deputy Prime Minister of UK – April 13, 2020
“This delightful guide brings the many wonders of England’s coastal path to life – every step of the way.”
Richard Benyon, former Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs – March 26, 2020
"A guide that will be of massive interest to the many tourists and walkers who will enjoy the path for years to come."
Kate Ashbrook, chair of the Ramblers – March 9, 2020
"I would encourage anyone with an interest in our open spaces and the campaign for access to read Stephen Neale's England Coast Path."
Tom Fewins, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust – March 8, 2020
"An absorbing book on a long-anticipated and inspiring project which brings us closer to nature."
British author and journalist
Stephen is an award winning, Essex-based writer. He is best known for books on land access problems in the UK and Ireland, and notable solutions. He was a volunteer surveyor on the England Coast Path.
Works include Wild Camping (2015) Wild Camping II (2020) and the England Coast Path (2020). All three are published by Bloomsbury.
His collective fictional and non fictional works on the nature, landscape and histories of Essex – posted under his moniker mɒnɪkə Wild Essex @ wildessex.com – received multiple awards, including the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild Prize for Digital Production of the Year (2016).
The Wild Essex project was a collaboration with art students from SEEVIC college in Essex and is temporarily out of stock. It will be re-released as a paperback in 2022. Subscribe for more details or to follow the project.
Stephen is also a commercial drone operator. He specialises in working with local councils to produce immersive videos that help regenerate tidal cities, towns and villages in England and Wales.
He is a former lecturer in journalism at University of Essex and South Essex College. Stephen has worked previously as a BBC journalist, and as a freelance writer for the Chinese state news agency Xinhua.
Dave Hitchman, England Coast Path (joint) founding father and surveyor – March 3, 2020
"A splendid account of the creation and value of the path."
Ann McLaren, England Coast Path (joint) founding mother and Essex Ramblers President – March 14, 2020
"...you will enjoy delving into Stephen's well chosen highlights. Its the next best thing to being there in person.
Alan Goffee, Essex Ramblers chair – March 19, 2020
"A story that I'm proud to have been a small part of."