Published: 6th JULY 2020

Route upgrade: Lydden Spout Coast Path, Dover

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

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.


Sustrans' role

  • We acted as the delivery agent on behalf of Kent County Council and project managed the construction
  • We negotiated with all land owners 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 video to be added using youtube link

Works 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



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.


Thanks to:

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

Ecologists: Bakerwells

Highways England

Kent County Council: Andrew Hutchison, Steph Whadhams, Katie Cullen

Kent Downs AONB

National Trust: Jon Barker, Robert Snodden

Natural England

Network Rail

Private landowners: Elgars, Martin Allen

White Cliffs Countryside Project


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