New coastal path now open at Kent’s White Cliffs

A  view of the White Cliffs of Dover
Published : 19 Jul 2016

Walkers can now explore 66 miles of new coastal path, which includes the White Cliffs of Dover.

This section is the first part of the England Coast Path to open in England's south east. The 2,700 mile path, developed by Natural England, will be made up of existing and new coastal paths. When fully open in 2020 it will be the longest continuous coastal footpath in the world.

We look after six miles of the new section of the path, a stretch which runs alongside the famous White Cliffs of Dover.

Partnership with Natural England

We are working closely with government agency Natural England to make sure that the whole England Coast Path is planned with nature and people in mind.

Our vision is for the path to be at the heart of a coastal corridor rich in wildlife. Coastal wildlife has fared poorly over the last 50 years with many species in decline.
 
Dame Helen Ghosh, our Director General attended the opening ceremony at our visitor centre at the White Cliffs. The ribbon was cut by Natural England chairman Andrew Sells.

'We are a proud partner in Natural England’s England Coast Path', says Dame Helen. 'The path represents one of the biggest steps forward for countryside and coastal access in a generation, making space for nature and people around our shores.'  

Restoring wildlife habitats

The path will offer a chance to restore habitats along the coast, says Virginia Portman, our General Manager at the White Cliffs of Dover.

'With help from local partners and farmers, we have already returned one former arable field to chalk grassland. It is four years since the last crop was harvested. This has provided further habitat for rare and beautiful butterflies like the Adonis blue, which make this landscape their home.'

'The coastal path will encourage even more people to venture further along the White Cliffs, discovering the fantastic wildlife along this stretch of Kent coastline.'

 

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