North Downs Way

Description

  1. Name North Downs Way
  2. Length of trail 246 km, 153 miles
  3. Length in days 12 days
  4. Traildino grading EW, Easy walk, nature trail

North Downs Way153 miles, 246 km, 12 days

National Trail

Hiking the North Downs Way you can feel all alone. This chain of limestone hills is never far from the larger population centers in Kent, eastern England. But walking these wooded hills, you will enjoy a serene peace that you would rather expect in sparsely populated areas far north.

The special limestone grasslands on these soils are rich in flowers and insects. There is much variation in forest types. In the valleys lie the villages and the odd buildings which is so special about the English.

The North Downs start at the coast, at Dover. From the white cliffs, the hills stretch eastward, south from London. The 153 miles, 246 km long path starts with a circular leg, near Dover, allowing you to visit Canterbury. The southern semi-circle runs close to the coastline, so you can enjoy the sea for a day or two.

The North Downs Way has the status of National Trail, which adds to its popularity. This, in its turn, has a positive effect on the availability of accommodation.

Select some tracks
North Downs Way
.North Downs Way (Eastern), 187km
.North Downs Way (Western), 16km
.North Downs Way (Canterbury loop), 52km
North Downs Way Link Path, 1.1km
Southwark Cathedral to Canterbury Cathedral, 95km
.Sk2Cy - a Southwark Cathedral to Eynsford, 29km
.Sk2Cy - b Eynsford to Otford, 7.8km

Opinions

Rate 7.0 | 1 vote | No 29. in United Kingdom
  • Aaron Barnes August 2004
  • Rate 7
  • Positive Despite being close to London and in the heart of commuter country this is a very under used trail, apart from one or two "honeypot" sites. Delightfully rural, despite a perception that it will be quite urban in places. Plenty of history on the way (WW2, Castles, even Barrows) not to mention a visit to Canterbury and a walk along the chalk cliffs at Dover. Very underated trail.
  • Negative Suffers from fly tipping at many road crossing unfortunately, but don't let that put you off. Runs parallel with the M25 for quite a distance, although this isn't as imposing as it might seem. Sections share the Pilgrims Way, and at times this can be a little boring. If doing the Canterbury loop though, the route from C/bry to Dover is nothing special. These are minor points; it's a great walk
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North Downs Way

Books

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  • Ashford, Romney Marsh, Rye & Folkestone OS Landranger Map 189 (paper)
  • Ashford and Romney Marsh area, including sections of the North Downs Way and the E9 European Long-distance Path, on a paper version of map No. 189 from the Ordnance Survey’s Landranger series at 1:50,000, with contoured and GPS compatible topographic mapping plus tourist information.MOBILE DOWNLOADS: As well as the physical edition of the map,... Read more
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  • Dorking, Reigate, Crawley & Horsham OS Landranger Map 187 (paper)
  • Dorking and Reigate area, including a section of the North Downs Way / E2 European Long-distance Path, on a paper version of map No. 187 from the Ordnance Survey’s Landranger series at 1:50,000, with contoured and GPS compatible topographic mapping plus tourist information.MOBILE DOWNLOADS: As well as the physical edition of the map, each... Read more
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  • Canterbury, East Kent, Dover & Margate OS Landranger Map 179 (paper)
  • Eastern Kent with Canterbury, Dover and Margate, including sections of the North Downs Way and the E2 and E9 European Long-Distance Paths, on a paper version of map No. 179 from the Ordnance Survey’s Landranger series at 1:50,000, with contoured and GPS compatible topographic mapping plus tourist information.MOBILE DOWNLOADS: As well as the... Read more
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  • Aldershot, Guildford, Camberley & Haslemere OS Landranger Map 186 (paper)
  • Aldershot and Guildford area, including the northern part of the South Downs National Park and a section of the North Downs Way / E2 European Long-distance Path, on a paper version of map No. 186 from the Ordnance Survey’s Landranger series at 1:50,000, with contoured and GPS compatible topographic mapping plus tourist information.MOBILE... Read more
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  • Thames Estuary, Rochester & Southend-on-Sea OS Landranger Map 178 (paper)
  • Thames Estuary with Rochester and Southend-on-Sea, including a section of the North Downs Way / E2 European Long-Distance Path, on a paper version of map No. 178 from the Ordnance Survey’s Landranger series at 1:50,000, with contoured and GPS compatible topographic mapping plus tourist information.MOBILE DOWNLOADS: As well as the physical... Read more
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2014
  • Kent Walking
  • Accomplished walker Kev Reynolds’ Cicerone guide to Walking in Kent is a comprehensive account of some of the county’s finest walking routes. The guide covers the entirety of the county, from the Eden Valley walk to coastal ramble near Dover and on the Isle of Sheppey. There is an outline of routes such as the North Downs Way and the Wealdway,... Read more
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  • North Downs Way: Farnham to Dover via Canterbury
  • Practical guide to walking the North Downs Way National Trail that runs from Farnham in Surrey to Dover in Kent, partly following the old Pilgrims` Way to the shrine of St Thomas a Becket at Canterbury. It winds its way through the protected landscape of the Surrey Hills and the Kent Downs, passing medieval churches, castles, Neolithic burial... Read more
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  • Dorking, Reigate, Crawley & Horsham OS Landranger Active Map 187 (waterproof)
  • Dorking and Reigate area, including a section of the North Downs Way / E2 European Long-distance Path, on a waterproof and tear-resistant OS Active version of map No. 187 from the Ordnance Survey’s Landranger series at 1:50,000, with contoured and GPS compatible topographic mapping plus tourist information.MOBILE DOWNLOADS: As well as the... Read more
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Cicerone Press
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2017
  • The North Downs Way
  • Guidebook to walking the North Downs Way National Trail, a 130 mile (208km) trail between Farnham and Dover, with an optional visit to Canterbury. Following the ancient Pilgrim's Way for much of the way, through pleasant countryside, this is one of the easier National Trails and the walk is described over 11 stages. With 1:25K OS map booklet. Read more
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2017
  • The North Downs Way
  • Guidebook to walking the North Downs Way National Trail, a 130 mile (208km) trail between Farnham and Dover, with an optional visit to Canterbury. Following the ancient Pilgrim's Way for much of the way, through pleasant countryside, this is one of the easier National Trails and the walk is described over 11 stages. With 1:25K OS map booklet. Read more
Stanfords
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2017
  • The North Downs Way
  • A guidebook to walking the North Downs Way National Trail, a 130 mile (208km) walk between the high downland of Farnham and the historic city of Dover on the Kent coast, with an optional visit to Canterbury. The route is described in 11 stages, and is fully illustrated with colour photographs and OS map extracts. The North Downs Way is one of... Read more
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Netherlands
2017
  • The North Downs Way
  • The North Downs Way National Trail is a 130 mile (208km) between the high downland of Farnham and the historic city of Dover on the Kent coast. The route is described in 11 day stages from west to east with an optional detour via Canterbury. Step-by-step route descriptions are fully illustrated with colour photographs and extracts from OS... Read more
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Belgium
2017
  • The North Downs Way
  • The North Downs Way National Trail is a 130 mile (208km) between the high downland of Farnham and the historic city of Dover on the Kent coast. The route is described in 11 day stages from west to east with an optional detour via Canterbury. Step-by-step route descriptions are fully illustrated with colour photographs and extracts from OS... Read more
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Netherlands
2017
  • Wandelgids The North Downs Way | Cicerone
  • Guidebook to walking the North Downs Way National Trail, a 130 mile (208km) trail between Farnham and Dover, with an optional visit to Canterbury. Following the ancient Pilgrim's Way for much of the way, through pleasant countryside, this is one of the easier National Trails and the walk is described over 11 stages. With 1:25K OS map booklet. Read more
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  • North Downs Way Harvey National Trail XT40
  • The whole of the North Downs Way, a 246km / 153 miles National Trail between Dover and Farnham, on a light, waterproof and tear-resistant map at 1:40,000 from Harvey Map Services presenting the route accompanied by extensive additional tourist information. This new edition published in autumn 2013 replaces the publishers’ previous coverage of... Read more
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  • Wandelkaart North Downs Way | Harvey Maps
  • The whole of the North Downs Way, a 246km / 153 miles National Trail between Dover and Farnham, on a light, waterproof and tear-resistant map at 1:40,000 from Harvey Map Services presenting the route accompanied by extensive additional tourist information. This new edition published in autumn 2013 replaces the publishers Read more
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  • North Downs Way A-Z Adventure Atlas
  • North Downs Way Adventure Atlas at 1:25,000 in a series of handy A5 size Adventure Atlases from Geographers` A-Z Map Company with cartography from the Ordnance Survey’s Explorer series. The route from Farnham to Dover is presented with the alternative final sections, either via Canterbury or via Folkestone. To see other titles in this series... Read more
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  • England Coast Path Adventure Map - Minehead to Brean Down
  • The A-Z Adventure Series of maps combines the best of OS and A-Z, creating the perfect companion for walkers, off-road cyclists, horse riders and anyone wishing to explore the great outdoors.This official Minehead to Brean Down Adventure Map covers a 58 mile (93km) section of the England Coast Path, a new National Trail around England`s coast.... Read more
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  • England Coast Path - Camber to Folkestone Adventure Map
  • The A-Z Adventure Series of maps combines the best of OS and A-Z, creating the perfect companion for walkers, off-road cyclists, horse riders and anyone wishing to explore the great outdoors.This official Camber to Folkestone Adventure Map section of the England Coast Path, a new National Trail around England`s coast. More than just a path, it... Read more
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  • England Coast Path Camber to Folkestone Adventure Map
  • The A-Z Adventure Series of maps combines the best of OS and A-Z, creating the perfect companion for walkers, off-road cyclists, horse riders and anyone wishing to explore the great outdoors.This official Camber to Folkestone Adventure Map section of the England Coast Path, a new National Trail around England`s coast. More than just a path, it... Read more
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  • England Coast Path Camber to Folkestone Adventure Map
  • The A-Z Adventure Series of maps combines the best of OS and A-Z, creating the perfect companion for walkers, off-road cyclists, horse riders and anyone wishing to explore the great outdoors.This official Camber to Folkestone Adventure Map section of the England Coast Path, a new National Trail around England`s coast. More than just a path, it... Read more
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  • England Coast Path - Folkestone to Ramsgate Adventure Map
  • The A-Z Adventure Series of maps combines the best of OS and A-Z, creating the perfect companion for walkers, off-road cyclists, horse riders and anyone wishing to explore the great outdoors.This official Folkestone to Ramsgate Adventure Map section of the England Coast Path, a new National Trail around England`s coast. More than just a path,... Read more
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  • England Coast Path Folkestone to Ramsgate Adventure Map
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  • England Coast Path Folkestone to Ramsgate Adventure Map
  • The A-Z Adventure Series of maps combines the best of OS and A-Z, creating the perfect companion for walkers, off-road cyclists, horse riders and anyone wishing to explore the great outdoors.This official Folkestone to Ramsgate Adventure Map section of the England Coast Path, a new National Trail around England`s coast. More than just a path,... Read more
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