A high quality walking and cycling path in Dover

Creating a scenic route along the River Dour has transformed everyday travel around Dover
The challenge

Many local residents in Dover were cut off from the sea by busy roads and there was little facility available for cycling and walking. The existing one-way road system was seen by many cyclists as too busy to be safe, especially for children, and resulted in people cycling on the pavements or not at all. An existing path by the river was spoilt by graffiti, littering and dog mess. The town was in need of safe, traffic-free routes to link residential areas with other parts of the town and to help stimulate regeneration in the area.

The solution

This is good news for Dover. As well as providing easy access, the path is a link with the town’s historic past. It opens up many areas which until now have been largely unseen.

- David Brazier, Kent County Council

Sustrans worked with partners to develop a greenway cycling and walking path connecting outlying parts of Dover to the centre and seafront. The route follows the old River Dour Trail which now renovated is more accessible and user-friendly.Improved crossings, a new bridge over the River Dour at K College, widened pavements to provide a shared footway and cycleway and new signage were installed. At the seafront, Sustrans developed a high-quality urban promenade opening up the River Dour for pedestrians and cyclists.

The difference

Almost 40,000 residents of Dover have benefitted from the scheme and the route is proving popular with the thousands of visitors who come to see Dover Castle and the White Cliffs. One in four trips made on the route is for leisure, helping to get local people active. As the route passes close by a number of schools and colleges it has enabled students to make everyday journeys on foot and by bike and over a quarter of all trips on the route were made by children.

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