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National Trail AcornNorth Downs Way National Trail

201 km / 125 miles

Kent, Surrey
The North Downs Way National Trail broadly follows the historic Pilgrims Way along the Downs to Canterbury. The first 14 miles are over sandy countryside to the south of the Downs. The Downs are first reached at Newlands Corner, east of Guildford and from there on the Trail mainly follows the crest of the southern escarpment of the North Downs or footpaths and tracks along their lower slopes. There are views over the Weald to the South Downs and several steepish ascents where the ridge is cut by valleys, notably those of the Mole at Box Hill, the Darent at Otford, the Medway at Rochester, and the Stour near Wye.

Generally the route provides comparatively easy walking through woods, over chalk grassland and, especially in Kent, through orchards and farmland.

At Boughton Lees there is a choice of routes. The direct one goes through Wye, over the Downs to Folkestone and along the cliffs to Dover. The alternative follows hills to the west of the river Stour and passes through orchards and the picturesque village of Chilham to Canterbury. From the cathedral city it heads south-east via Barham Downs, Shepherdswell and Waldershare Park to Dover. Canterbury Cathedral, St Augustine's Abbey, and St Martin's Church form a World Heritage Site.

The waymarked Thames Down Link (15 miles and on OS mapping) connects the Thames Path at Kingston with the North Downs Way near Westhumble along a green corridor through Malden Manor, Horton Country Park, the Commons of Epsom and Ashstead, and Mickleham Downs.

The Pilgrims Way is an ancient track between Winchester and Canterbury. Though not itself a single promoted long distance path, it is approximated by the St Swithun's and North Downs Ways though the Pilgrims Way often keeps to the spingline. The link below has more detail of this route and its extension inot Europe, the VIa Francigena. The North Downs Way signposts from Canterbury to Dover include the logo of the Via Franigena. a pilgrim.

The LDWA National Trails Register offers certificates for completers of several British National Trails.

See also E-Routes (E2).


Details:

Path Type
National Trails (England & Wales)
Waymark: National Trail Acorn
Waymark
National Trail Acorn
Attributes
National Trail (England and Wales); Downland/Wolds; World Heritage Site
Start
SU844466 - Farnham, Surrey
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Finish
TR319414 - Dover, Kent
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Open Date
1978

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Certificate
Certificate for National Trails (Long Distance Walkers Association - 2009)
Paperback
Paperback
Illustrated Map
Paperback
North Downs Way: Farnham to Dover (Trailblazer Publications - 2006)
Leaflets
Leaflets for North Downs Way National Trail (North Downs Way National Trail Officer - 2007)
Accommodation list
Accommodation Information (North Downs Way National Trail Officer - 2007)
Leaflets
Lost Landscapes: North Downs Way Circular Walks (North Downs Way National Trail Officer - 2007)
Softback
Guide to the Pilgrim's Way and North Downs Way (Constable and Robinson Ltd - 1993)
Paperback
Big Walks of Great Britain (Summersdale Publishers - 2007)
Leaflet
Thames Down Link (Lower Mole Project - 2001)
Certificate
Certificate (Kent County Council - 2010)
Paperback
Big Walks of the South (Summersdale Publishers - 2010)

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Maps:

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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger
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OS Landranger Active
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OS Explorer
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Other Paper Maps:
Harvey Map (Stripmap)
Harvey Map (Stripmap)
Digital Maps:
Downloadable Digital Mapping
North Downs Way National Trail (Anquet Maps - 2009)
Digital Mapping (25k Scale)
Digital Mapping (25k Scale)

Walking Support Providers:

Support Providers
Support Providers
Self-Guided Walking Holidays (Contours Walking Holidays)
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Self Guided Walking Holidays (Green Traveller)
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Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

 
 
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Bunk House
4 Km
31 Km
B & B Accommodation
Winnats Lodge  (bookable online)
< 1 Km
106 Km
B & B Accommodation
Chestnuts B&B  (bookable online)
4 Km
113 Km
Hostel Accommodation
5 Km
125 Km
B & B Accommodation
Detling Coach House  (bookable online)
< 1 Km
132 Km
B & B Accommodation
Detling Coachhouse B & B  (bookable online)
< 1 Km
132 Km
Self-catering
Shaws Farm Cottage  (bookable online)
2 Km
173 Km
B & B Accommodation
Bridge Cottage Bed & Breakfast  (bookable online)
3 Km
183 Km
Walkers are Welcome
4 Km
183 Km
Hotels
Best Western Clifton Hotel  (bookable online)
3 Km
188 Km
B & B Accommodation
Crete Down  (bookable online)
< 1 Km
188 Km
Other
Alkham Court Farmhouse  (bookable online)
3 Km
193 Km
B & B Accommodation
Heather's Woodlands  (bookable online)
3 Km
200 Km
B & B Accommodation
Bleriot's  (bookable online)
1 Km
200 Km
Hotels
< 1 Km
201 Km
B & B Accommodation
Castle House  (bookable online)
< 1 Km
201 Km
Walkers are Welcome
< 1 Km
201 Km
B & B Accommodation
Hubert House Guesthouse  (bookable online)
< 1 Km
201 Km

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Route Profile:

201.6 Km (125.3 miles)
4,835 m (15,863 ft) ascent
259 m (850 ft)  maximum height