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.

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North Downs Way
.North Downs Way (Eastern), 185km
.North Downs Way (Western), 16km
.North Downs Way (Canterbury loop), 52km

Opinions

Rate 7.0 | 1 vote | No 25. 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

Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
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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Stanfords
United Kingdom
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
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
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
Bol.com
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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Wandelgids The North Downs Way | Cicerone
  • Uitstekende wandelgids van de North Downs Way, waarbij naast alle noodzakelijke informatie ook gebruik gemaakt wordt van de echte topografische kaart. inclusief gidsje met routekaarten van 1:25000 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... Read more
Bol.com
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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Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2017
  • North Downs Way Map Booklet
  • Map of the 130 mile (208km) North Downs Way National Trail, between Farnham and Dover, including an optional visit to Canterbury. This booklet is included with the Cicerone guidebook to the trail and shows the full route on OS 1:25,000 maps. One of the easier National Trails, it can be comfortably walked in 11-12 days. Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2017
  • North Downs Way Map Booklet
  • This map booklet contains all the mapping you need to complete the 130-mile (208km) North Downs Way National Trail between Farnham and Dover. One of the easier National Trails, it can be comfortably walked in 11-12 days and includes an optional visit to Canterbury.NOTE An accompanying Cicerone guidebook - The North Downs Way - describes the... Read more
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2017
  • North Downs Way Map Booklet
  • Map of the 130-mile (208km) North Downs Way National Trail, between Farnham and Dover, including an optional visit to Canterbury. This booklet is included with the Cicerone guidebook to the trail and shows the full route on Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 maps. One of the easier National Trails, it can be comfortably walked in 11-12 days. Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
2017
  • North Downs Way Map Booklet
  • This map booklet contains all the mapping you need to complete the 130 mile (208km) North Downs Way National Trail between Farnham and Dover. One of the easier National Trails, it can be comfortably walked in 11-12 days and includes an optional visit to Canterbury NOTE An accompanying Cicerone guidebook - The North Downs Way - describes the... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
2017
  • North Downs Way Map Booklet
  • This map booklet contains all the mapping you need to complete the 130 mile (208km) North Downs Way National Trail between Farnham and Dover. One of the easier National Trails, it can be comfortably walked in 11-12 days and includes an optional visit to Canterbury NOTE An accompanying Cicerone guidebook - The North Downs Way - describes the... Read more
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Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2017
  • Walking in Kent
  • A guidebook describing 40 walks in the county of Kent. Covering west Kent and The Weald and north and east Kent, including the Kent Downs and the Greensand Hills. Walks of 5 to 9 miles explore rivers and coastline, beautiful countryside and historic villages. With outlines of 11 longer walks ranging from 15 to 163 miles. Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2017
  • Walking in Kent
  • Walking in Kent describes 40 circular day walks in the Garden of England. This guidebook includes routes ranging from 5 to 9 miles in west Kent and The Weald and north and east Kent. Encompassing woodland walks, clifftop paths and riverside rambles, there is something for everyone, from family strollers and determined ramblers. No specialised... Read more
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2017
Bol.com
Netherlands
2017
  • Walking in Kent
  • Walking in Kent describes 40 circular day walks in the Garden of England. This guidebook includes routes ranging from 5 to 9 miles in west Kent and The Weald and north and east Kent. Encompassing woodland walks, clifftop paths and riverside rambles, there is something for everyone, from family strollers and determined ramblers. No specialised... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Wandelgids Walking in Kent | Cicerone
  • Uitstekende wandelgids van dit geweldige gebied. goed beschreven met veel praktische informatie om de route te kunnen lopen, inclusief redelijke kaarten. Walking in Kent describes 40 circular day walks in the Garden of England. This guidebook includes routes ranging from 5 to 9 miles in west Kent and The Weald and north and east Kent.... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
2017
  • Walking in Kent
  • Walking in Kent describes 40 circular day walks in the Garden of England. This guidebook includes routes ranging from 5 to 9 miles in west Kent and The Weald and north and east Kent. Encompassing woodland walks, clifftop paths and riverside rambles, there is something for everyone, from family strollers and determined ramblers. No specialised... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2014
  • Kent Walks
  • Walkers in Kent enjoy a number of long-distance footpaths, including the North Downs Way, Wealdway, Pilgrims` Way and Greensand Way, and sections of them are incorporated into several walks in this guide. Routes starting at Tenterden and Penshurst wind through a typical Kentish landscape, characterised by orchards, medieval churches and oast... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2016
  • North Downs Way: National Trail Guide
  • North Downs Way, a 245-km/153 mile route from Farnham in Surrey to Dover in Kent via Canterbury or via Folkestone, in a series of walking guides to the National Trails in England and Wales with colour extracts from the Ordnance Survey`s Explorer series at 1:25,000 showing points along the route cross-referenced to the text. The maps also... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2016
Bol.com
Netherlands
2016
  • North Downs Way
  • The official guide to this superb National Trail, published in conjunction with Walk Unlimited. Whether you're an experienced long distance walker or a weekend stroller, this is the only companion you need. The North Downs Way is the National Trail that follows the official acorn waymarks from Farnham to the coast at Dover. This picturesque... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Wandelgids North Downs Way national trail | Aurum Press
  • Goede engelstalige wandelgids van deze LAW in zuid oost Engeland, net onder Londen. Goede beschrijving en prima kaarten van Ordnance Survey, enigzins beperkte praktische tips, maar die zijn op de website van de route eenvoudig te vinden. The North Downs Way is the National Trail that follows Natural England’s acorn waymarks from Farnham to the... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
2016
  • North Downs Way
  • The official guide to this superb National Trail, published in conjunction with Walk Unlimited. Whether you're an experienced long distance walker or a weekend stroller, this is the only companion you need. The North Downs Way is the National Trail that follows the official acorn waymarks from Farnham to the coast at Dover. This picturesque... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2016
  • Kent - Outstanding Circular Walks
  • Walkers in Kent enjoy a number of long distance footpaths, including the North Downs Way, Wealdway, Pilgrims` Way and Greensand Way, and sections of them are incorporated into several walks in this guide. Routes starting at Tenterden and Penshurst wind through a typical Kentish landscape, characterised by orchards, medieval churches and coast... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2016
  • Kent 2016
  • Walkers in Kent enjoy a number of long distance footpaths, including the North Downs Way, Wealdway, Pilgrims` Way and Greensand Way, and sections of them are incorporated into several walks in this guide. Routes starting at Tenterden and Penshurst wind through a typical Kentish landscape, characterised by orchards, medieval churches and coast... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
2016
  • Kent
  • Walkers in Kent enjoy a number of long distance footpaths, including the North Downs Way, Wealdway, Pilgrims' Way and Greensand Way, and sections of them are incorporated into several walks in this guide. Routes starting at Tenterden and Penshurst wind through a typical Kentish landscape, characterised by orchards, medieval churches and coast... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Wandelgids 8 Pathfinder Guides Kent | Ordnance Survey
  • Wandelgids van een deel van Engeland. Deze gids bevat 28 dagwandelingen, variërend van korte tochten tot pittige dagtochten. De bijbehorende kaarten zijn uitstekend: men heeft de topografische kaarten van Ordnance Survey gebruikt waarop de route is ingetekend. Daarnaast praktische informatie over de wandeling en wat beschrijvingen van het... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
2016
  • Kent
  • Walkers in Kent enjoy a number of long distance footpaths, including the North Downs Way, Wealdway, Pilgrims' Way and Greensand Way, and sections of them are incorporated into several walks in this guide. Routes starting at Tenterden and Penshurst wind through a typical Kentish landscape, characterised by orchards, medieval churches and coast... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • The Surrey Hills A Dog Walker`s Guide (20 Dog Walks)
  • This collection of 20 tried-and-tested circular walks has been written specifically for dogs and their owners, allowing for maximum off-lead time. These routes, covering every corner of the Surrey Hills, will allow you to explore somewhere new, safe in the knowledge that the surroundings will be suitable for your dog.The hills stretch from the... Read more
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United Kingdom
  • The Surrey Hills A Dog Walker's Guide (20 Dog Walks)
  • This collection of 20 tried-and-tested circular walks has been written specifically for dogs and their owners, allowing for maximum off-lead time. These routes, covering every corner of the Surrey Hills, will allow you to explore somewhere new, safe in the knowledge that the surroundings will be suitable for your dog.The hills stretch from the... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • The Surrey Hills A Dog Walker's Guide (20 Dog Walks)
  • This collection of 20 tried-and-tested circular walks has been written specifically for dogs and their owners, allowing for maximum off-lead time. These routes, covering every corner of the Surrey Hills, will allow you to explore somewhere new, safe in the knowledge that the surroundings will be suitable for your dog. The hills stretch from the... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
  • The Surrey Hills A Dog Walker's Guide (20 Dog Walks)
  • This collection of 20 tried-and-tested circular walks has been written specifically for dogs and their owners, allowing for maximum off-lead time. These routes, covering every corner of the Surrey Hills, will allow you to explore somewhere new, safe in the knowledge that the surroundings will be suitable for your dog. The hills stretch from the... Read more
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United Kingdom
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United Kingdom
  • 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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United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • 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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United Kingdom
  • 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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  • 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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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • North Downs Way 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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • 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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Netherlands
  • 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
Bol.com
Belgium
  • 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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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • 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
  • 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
Bol.com
Belgium
  • 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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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • North Downs Way
  • 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
  • Mooie, duidelijke kaart van de North Downs Way in Engeland. Geplastificeerd met veel extra informatie en uitsnedes van de route. XT40 - Leap forward in technical excellence. Tough, light and 100% waterproof Compact and light - the map itself weighs just 60gms - a third of the weight of a laminated map, and much less bulky. And you can fold or... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Surrey Hills Adventure Atlas
  • Surrey Hills 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 atlas covers an area from the outskirts of Greater London north of the M25 around Coulsdon, Warlingham and Biggin Hill, extending towards south-west across the North Downs... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • 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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