Published: 15th SEPTEMBER 2020

Route upgrade: Lydden Spout Coast Path, Dover

With funding from Highways England Designated Funds, we've transformed a stony, potholed, unmaintained track in Dover into an exemplar walking and cycling route.

Lydden Spout Dover coastal path

The newly resurfaced path on National Cycle Network Route 2 in Dover offers some jaw dropping views

Previously this section of National Cycle Network Route 2 was inaccessible and unsuitable for most people on bikes, and anyone with restricted mobility.

It now provides an enjoyable walking and cycling experience, suitable for all. 

The newly constructed 4km path is now open to road bikes and touring cyclists for the first time in over 10 years. And people can use mobility vehicles on it for the first time.

More people can now enjoy this traffic-free path and its fantastic views, whether they are on foot, wheel or horse.

Our role

  • We acted as the delivery agent on behalf of Kent County Council and project managed the construction
  • We negotiated with all landowners and key stakeholders
  • We pulled together the necessary funding and permissions

Creating paths for everyone

Local residents who use mobility aids can now reach the cliff top views

Enhancing cycle tourism

The path can now be used by road and touring bikes without doing battle with muddy puddles and rutted ground

Improving ecology

By delivering this scheme we've enhanced the ecological value of the site

Before the project, the path's surface was rough and unusable for some.

We have created a smooth path, accessible to everyone.

Our work included:

  • Path widening and re-surfacing
  • Cliff-top path excavation
  • Land slippage removal and stabilisation
  • A replacement 60m bridle safety fence to prevent accidental falls
  • Retractable bollards to enhance landscape security from illegal 4x4 activity and deter fly-tipping at access points.

Engaging our partners

Early stakeholder engagement and developing working relationships were key to land assembly and completing the scheme.

The National Trust, Kent County Council, Channel Tunnel Rail Link, Network Rail, Natural England, and Highways England were particularly supportive.

They understood the scheme’s potential to deliver increased walking and cycling between Dover and Folkestone.

Local landowners and farmers also played a key role in the successful delivery of the scheme.

The path is now wider and easier to use.

Art in the Travelling Landscape

We're in the process of reinstalling our 'Art in the Travelling Landscape' poetry installations.

So people will be able to engage with their immediate surroundings in words and views. 

Location-inspired poetry by Ros Barber will soon be available to download onto people's smartphones via QR coded plaques along the way.

Sensitive ecological work

We have translocated native seeds as part of the works.

We used excavated soil from the scheme to side up some 8km of track edge, which is left to seed naturally.

The improved section of National Cycle Network Route 2

With thanks to:

A-one+ Integrated Highway Services, Art in the Travelling Landscape, Bakerwells, Channel Tunnel Rail Link, Coppards, Dover District Council, Highways England, Kent County Council, Kent Downs AONB, National Trust, Natural England, Network Rail, Private landowners, White Cliffs Countryside Project.


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