With funding from Highways England Designated Funds, we've transformed a stony, potholed unmaintained track, inaccessible and unsuitable for most people on bikes, and anyone with restricted mobility into an exemplar walking and cycling facility suitable for all.
The newly resurfaced path on the NCN in Dover offers some jaw dropping views
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
By delivering this scheme we've enhanced the ecological value of the site
Before video to be added using youtube link
- 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
Early stakeholder engagement and subsequent relationships developed were key to land assembly and scheme delivery.
The National Trust, Kent County Council, Channel Tunnel Rail Link, Network Rail, Natural England, and Highways England were particularly supportive understanding 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.
Before and after on the path
Art in the Travelling Landscape
We've reinstalled our 'Art in the Travelling Landscape' poetry installations. So people can now engage with their immediate surroundings in words and views.
Location-inspired poetry by Ros Barber is accessible and can be downloaded via QR coded plaques to people’s smartphones along the way.
Sensitive ecological work
We have translocated native seeds as part of the works. Excavated soil from the scheme has been used to side up some 8km of track edge which is left to seed naturally.
A-one+ Integrated Highway Services
Art in the Travelling Landscape: Katie Hallet, Ros Barber
Channel Tunnel Rail Link: Dave Johnson, Paul Holt
Dover District Council
Kent County Council: Andrew Hutchison, Steph Whadhams, Katie Cullen
Kent Downs AONB
National Trust: Jon Barker, Robert Snodden
Private landowners: Elgars, Martin Allen
White Cliffs Countryside Project