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National Trail AcornNorth Downs Way National Trail

Kent, Surrey

201 km / 125 miles
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 into 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:

Waymark: National Trail Acorn
Path Type: National Trails (England & Wales)
Waymark: National Trail Acorn
Attributes: National Trail (England and Wales)
Challenging
Downland/Wolds
World Heritage Site
Start: SU844466 - Farnham, Surrey View on StreetMap
Finish: TR319414 - Dover, Kent View on StreetMap
Open Date: 1978
Web Sites: Explore Kent - North Downs Way National Trails - North Downs Way Rambling Man - North Downs Way Southern Walks - Chalk Country : North Downs Way Jason McDonald's Walking Pages - North Downs Way North Downs Way - Tim Bertuchi British Walks - North Downs Way Annierak - North Downs Way Edenbridge Town Council - Kent Walking Routes Stephen and Lucy Dawson - North Downs Way

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Certificate Certificate for National Trails  (Long Distance Walkers Association  - 2009 )
Paperback North Downs Way : National Trail Guide  (Aurum Press (an imprint of Quarto)  - 2016 )
Paperback North Downs Way National Trail from Farnham to Dover (Southern England)  (Cicerone Press  - 2017 )
Paperback North Downs Way : Farnham to Dover  (Trailblazer Publications  - 2018 )
Guidebook Guide to the Pilgrims' Way and North Downs Way  (Constable & Robinson (an imprint of Little, Brown)  - 1993 )
General Interest Book Big walks of Great Britain  (Summersdale Publishers  - 2007 )
Certificate Explore Kent Walk Challenge Certificate  (Explore Kent )
Paperback Big Walks of the South  (Summersdale Publishers  - 2010 )
Badge Badge for National Trails  (Walk Unlimited )
E-Book North Downs Way (Cicerone)  (Amazon Media Group  - 2017 )
External PDF Surrey County Council - Thames Down Link  (Surrey County Council ) Download
Guidebook National trails : complete guide to Britain's National Trails  (Cicerone Press  - 2015 )

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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 177, 178, 179, 186, 187, 188, 189
OS Landranger Active 177, 178, 179, 186, 187, 188, 189
OS Explorer 137, 138, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 163
OS Explorer Active 137, 138, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 163
Other Paper Maps:
Harvey Map (Stripmap)
North Downs Way (Harvey Maps - 2013)
A-Z Adventure Atlas
North Downs Way Adventure Atlas (Geographers' A-Z Map Company - 2015)
ZigZag 16 Stripmap
North Downs Way: Farnham to Ranmore Common (Yellow Publications - Sept 2015)
Digital Maps:
Downloadable Digital Mapping
North Downs Way National Trail (Anquet Technology Ltd)
Digital Mapping (25k Scale)

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The White Horse hotel  (bookable online)
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Winnats Lodge  (bookable online)
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106 Km
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Shaws Farm Cottage  (bookable online)
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173 Km
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Great Field Farm B&B  (bookable online)
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173 Km
Walkers are Welcome
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Best Western Clifton Hotel  (bookable online)
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188 Km
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Crete Down  (bookable online)
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188 Km
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Alkham Court Farmhouse  (bookable online)
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193 Km
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Heather's Woodlands  (bookable online)
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Bleriot's  (bookable online)
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Castle House  (bookable online)
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201 Km
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201 Km
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Hubert House Guesthouse  (bookable online)
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201 Km

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

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