North Downs Way

If you want picture-postcard villages, iconic sites and glorious countryside this is the trail for you. This 153 mile route follows ancient ways along the chalk ridges and wooded downland of Surrey and Kent through the Surrey Hills and Kent Downs Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, touching the southern edge of Greater London and ending at the famous White Cliffs of Dover.

A large part of the North Downs Way parallels the legendary Pilgrim’s Way between Winchester and Cantebury. Sadly roads have encroached on this historic route but walkers can use the North Downs Way as an alternative.

Starting in the bustling market town of Farnham, the trail follows the line of the North Downs close to Guildford, Dorking and Reigate to reach the Kentish border. From western Kent it passes near to Rochester taking walkers across the River Medway and on to the downs north of Maidstone, Ashford and Folkstone before ending at the gateway of England, Dover.

If you wish to visit Canterbury, you can add on a loop at the eastern end of the Trail. Wildlife is abundant on this trail thanks to the rich woodland and rare chalk grasslands which are characteristic of the North Downs. Butterflies and orchids are particular highlights.

Fact

Did you know the North Downs Way takes an average of 12 days to complete?

Our involvement with the North Downs Way

The Kent Ramblers promote the North Downs Way via their website and promotional material and encourage our members and the wider public to use the trail for both scenic circular walks and longer routes.

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