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From:  Dover (TR331420)
To:  St Austell (SX015526)
Via:  Folkestone, Hastings, Eastbourne, Brighton, Worthing, Bognor, Chichester, Portsmouth, Southampton, Bournemouth, Sandbanks, Dorchester, Sidmouth, Exmouth, Exeter, Dawlish, Newton Abbot, Totnes, Plymouth, Looe
Meets:  NCN1, NCN21, NCN20, NCN22, NCN23, NCN25, NCN26, NCN33, NCN34, NCN28, NCN3
Primary Destinations
Route outline (key)
2 Dover - Dawlish
2 Newton Abbot
2 Totnes - Mount Edgecumbe County Park
2 Looe - Watergate
2 Par - St Austell

NCN 2 runs along England's south coast.


Dover - Folkstone

Folkstone - Rye

Rye - Hastings

Hastings- Polegate

Polegate- Peacehaven

Brighton & Hove

As NCN2 enters Brighton & Hove from the East it remains running on a shared path to the south of the A259 as it runs into Saltdean. Into the centre of Saltdean the cycle path ends and rejoins the carriageway. Here there is access to the Undercliff Path which runs at the bottom of the cliff as a shared space, although not officially part of the NCN2 but is more popular since its typically less windy and is wider however is sometimes closed during rockfall seasons. As we head West along the A259 shared paths appear on both sides of the road and these run to Rottingdean. At Rottingdean cyclists have to rejoin the main carriageway again, here there is a crossroads with the High Street, going south here will connect cyclists with the Undercliff Path again. East of the crossroads NCN2 moves back to a shared path on the Southern side of the A259, this runs uninterrupted for a long distance until we get to the Marina. There is a toucan crossing across the A259 onto Marina Way which connects onto the B2066 before the NCN2 enters into a tunnel to snake down to Madeira Drive which is at sea level. This connection is of very bad quality since it requires some hairpin turns with near impossible turning radiuses. Here it also connects onto the Eastern end of the Undercliff Path as well a connection into the Madeira. Madeira Drive between its Western end and Dukes mound lacks any cycle infrasturue, however due to it not being a through route and just used for access to a construction site and parking for coaches with no formal footway makes it not hostile towards cyclists. The junction of Dukes mound and Madeira Drive is currently being rebuilt as a traffic light controlled junction (May 2021) to allow HGVs exit Madeira Drive since due to the one-way system they can only exit from Dukes mound which involves a very tight turn. This junction is likely to include Advance Stop lines and Low Level Signals. Madeira Drive between Dukes mound and Grand Junction was redesigned in May 2021 to only allow one-way traffic Eastbound, while providing a wide bi-directional cycle lane on its southern side, the cycle lane was previously only 2m wide and on the Promenade. At the western end of Madeira Drive the bi-directional cycle lane then jumps back onto the Promenade where it runs bi-directionally just beyond West Street. At the West Street Junction there are cycle signals to exit and enter the cycle lane from West Street, this also allows right turns for cycles which are banned for all other traffic. Just West of West Street lane 1 of the A259 has been closed to traffic and allows Westbound cyclists on it, while Eastbound cyclists remain on the Promenade cycle lane. It remains like this to the Western end of the Hove Lawns, however at Grand Avenue there are again cycle signals to allow a protected phase for cyclists to exit and enter to and from Grand Avenue, however this has not been adjusted for on-road westbound cycle lane. At the Western end of Hove Lawns NCN2 then heads south onto King's Esplanade to Hove Street where it then rejoins the southern footway beside the A259. This cycle lane is about 1.5m wide on a 3m pavement and isn't sufficient for the levels of traffic. At Wharf Road NCN2 then turns off and joins the carriageway, this then leads to Basin Road South where it crosses the border into West Sussex. Between the Western end of Hove Lawns and the junction with Basin Road South it is currently proposed to turn one of the Westbound lanes into a temporary cycle lane as part of the Active Travel Fund Tranche 2, it is likely that after a few years of these temporary changes, some permanent changes would be bought in to create a bi-directional cycle track segregated from both pedestrians and motor vehicles.

Shoreham - Worthing

Littlehampton - Bognor Regis

Chichester - Havent



Hythe- Chirstchurch


Sandbanks - Dorchester

Dorchester - Axminster

Axminster - Sidmouth

Sidmouth - Exeter

Exeter - Dawlish



As part of Brighton & Hove's Active Travel Fund Tranche 1 (at the time known was Covid Active Travel Fund) some changes were made to the seafront (which NCN2 runs along) to make it suitable for more cycles and social distancing of pedestrians and cyclists. This included banning motor vehicles from Madeira Drive which was reopen later in the year for one-way traffic. And also closing 1 lane westbound of the A259, initially between Grand Junction and Fourth Avenue, however due to congestion backing up on the A23 the first section between Grand Junction and West Street was removed after a few days of opening. Westbound cyclists are to use the on-road segregated cycle lane while Eastbound cyclists are to remain using the on-pavement cycle lane.


As part of Brighton & Hove's Active Travel Fund Tranche 2, some changes have again been made to NCN2 along the Seafront.

  • More permanent changes were made to Madeira Drive which included a on-road bi-directional cycle lane ranging between 3.25m and 4.2m wide between Grand Junction & Dukes Mound. A new arrangement of the carriageway to introduce a one-way system for motor traffic and on-street parking.
  • Traffic signals installed at Dukes Mound, these were going to be installed anyway. But they feature LLCS, early release and Advance Stop Lines.


Brighton & Hove's Active Travel Fund Tranche 2

  • Extend the current temporary A259 cycle lane from Fourth Avenue to Wharf Road, with Eastbound cyclists remaining on the current route while the new cycle lane will be for westbound cyclists only. A permanent upgrade will happen at a later date.

It is proposed in 2022-24 for Valley Gardens Phase 3 will take place, this will involve removing the current roundabout at Grand Junction and replacing it with a traffic light controlled crossroads with toucan crossings. This project will alter NCN2, especially for its junction with NCN20, however it is unclear at the moment how much will change here for NCN2



Bexhill • Bognor Regis • Bournemouth • Brighton • Chichester • Christchurch • Dorchester • Dover • Exeter • Exmouth • Folkestone • Gosport • Hastings • Havant • Hove • Littlehampton • Looe • Newhaven • Newton Abbot • Plymouth • Poole • Portsmouth • Rye • Shoreham-by-Sea • Southampton • St Austell • Worthing
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Walking along the National Cycle Route 2 (C) David Anstiss - Geograph - 2290554.jpgNational Cycle Network 2 Milepost (C) Oast House Archive - Geograph - 1873961.jpgCycleway signage (C) Stephen Craven - Geograph - 3771716.jpgNCN2 at Brighton Seafront during construction May 2021
Other nearby roads
NCN1 • A2 • A20 • A256 • A258 • A2007 • B2011 • B2059 • B2245 • E2 (Old System) • E5 (Old System) • E15 • Euroroute • EuroVelo 5 • Pilgrims Way • T4 (Britain) • T34 (Britain) • Watling Street
NCN20 • A23 • A27 • A259 • A270 • A277 (Brighton) • A2010 • A2038 • A2073 • B2066 • B2118 (Brighton) • B2119 • B2120 • B2121 • B2122 (East Sussex) • B2123 • B2137 • B2193 (Portslade-by-Sea) • C25 (Brighton and Hove) • C31 (Brighton and Hove) • C32 (Brighton and Hove) • C55 (Brighton and Hove) • C56 (Brighton and Hove) • C542 (Brighton and Hove) • C1060 (Brighton and Hove) • C2167 (Brighton and Hove) • C2400 (Brighton and Hove) • C2500 (Brighton and Hove) • C2666 (Brighton and Hove) • C4220 (Brighton and Hove) • C4500 (Brighton and Hove) • C4780 (Brighton and Hove) • C5060 (Brighton and Hove) • C5280 (Brighton and Hove) • C5360 (Brighton and Hove) • C5380 (Brighton and Hove) • C5600 (Brighton and Hove) • C5840 (Brighton and Hove) • C6000 (Brighton and Hove) • T5 (Britain) • T37 (Britain)
NCN23 • NCN236 • A27 • A33 • A35 • A36 • A36(M) • A326 • A334 • A335 • A336 • A3024 • A3025 • A3035 • A3057 • A3067 • B3033 • B3035 • B3036 • B3038 • B3039 • B3040 (Central Southampton) • B3040 (Southampton Common - Bitterne) • B3041 (Southampton) • B3042 (Hampshire) • B3053 • B3057 (Southampton) • B3380 (Southampton) • B3397 • C20 (Southampton) • C68 (Southampton) • C69 (Southampton) • C74 (Southampton) • C351 (Southampton) • C500 (Southampton) • C501 (Southampton) • C502 (Southampton) • C503 (Southampton) • C504 (Southampton) • C505 (Southampton) • C506 (Southampton) • E1 (Old System) • E05 • M3 • M27 • M270 • M271 • M272 • T7 (Britain) • T37 (Britain) • T39 (Britain) • Townhill Link Motorway
A38 • A374 • A379 • A386 • A387 • A388 • A389 • A3041 • A3042 • A3043 • A3049 (Plymouth) • A3064 • A3078 (Plymouth) • A3081 • B3214 • B3238 • B3239 • B3240 • B3241 • B3242 • B3243 • B3244 • B3245 • B3246 • B3247 • B3250 • B3373 • B3396 • B3413 • B3416 • B3417 • B3432 • E116 (Old System) • EuroVelo 1 • T8 (Britain)
NCN Routes
NCN1 - NCN10·NCN11·NCN12·NCN13·NCN14·NCN15·NCN16·NCN17·NCN18·NCN19
NCN2 - NCN20·NCN21·NCN22·NCN23·NCN24·NCN25·NCN26·NCN27·NCN28·NCN29
NCN3 - NCN30·NCN31·NCN32·NCN33·NCN34·NCN35·NCN36·NCN37·NCN38·NCN39
NCN4 - NCN40·NCN41·NCN42·NCN43·NCN44·NCN45·NCN46·NCN47·NCN48·NCN49
NCN5 - NCN50·NCN51·NCN52·NCN53·NCN54·NCN55·NCN56·NCN57·NCN58·NCN59
NCN6 - NCN60·NCN61·NCN62·NCN63·NCN64·NCN65·NCN66·NCN67·NCN68·NCN69
NCN7 - NCN70·NCN71·NCN72·NCN73·NCN74·NCN75·NCN76·NCN77·NCN78·NCN79
NCN8 - NCN80·NCN81·NCN82·NCN83·NCN84·NCN85·NCN86·NCN87·NCN88·NCN89
NCN9 - NCN90·NCN91·NCN92·NCN93·NCN94·NCN95·NCN96·NCN97·NCN98·NCN99
NCN Routes (beginning with 2)
NCN2 - NCN20 · NCN22 · NCN22 · NCN23 · NCN24 · NCN25 · NCN26 · NCN27 · NCN28 · NCN29

NCN20 - NCN200·NCN201·NCN202·NCN203·NCN204·NCN205·NCN206·NCN207·NCN208·NCN209
NCN21 - NCN210·NCN211·NCN212·NCN213·NCN214·NCN215·NCN216·NCN217·NCN218·NCN219
NCN22 - NCN220·NCN221·NCN222·NCN223·NCN224·NCN225·NCN226·NCN227·NCN228·NCN229
NCN23 - NCN230·NCN231·NCN232·NCN233·NCN234·NCN235·NCN236·NCN237·NCN238·NCN239
NCN24 - NCN240·NCN241·NCN242·NCN243·NCN244·NCN245·NCN246·NCN247·NCN248·NCN249
NCN25 - NCN250·NCN251·NCN252·NCN253·NCN254·NCN255·NCN256·NCN257·NCN258·NCN259
NCN26 - NCN260·NCN261·NCN262·NCN263·NCN264·NCN265·NCN266·NCN267·NCN268·NCN269
NCN27 - NCN270·NCN271·NCN272·NCN273·NCN274·NCN275·NCN276·NCN277·NCN278·NCN279
NCN28 - NCN280·NCN281·NCN282·NCN283·NCN284·NCN285·NCN286·NCN287·NCN288·NCN289

NCN29 - NCN290·NCN291·NCN292·NCN293·NCN294·NCN295·NCN296·NCN297·NCN298·NCN299

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