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 Otford and, via North Downs Way, on to Canterbury Cathedral, 38km

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

The Book Depository
United Kingdom
The Book Depository
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The Book Depository
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The Book Depository
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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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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
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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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2016
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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
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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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
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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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Netherlands
  • Mountain Biking on the North Downs
  • This guidebook covers 20 mountain biking routes set throughout the length and breadth of the North Downs, from Farnham in the west to Dover in the east, as well as a route along the Downs Link, which joins the North Downs Way with the South Downs Way. They range from 18.5km to 59km in length and up to 90% off road. The routes, illustrated with... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Mountain Biking on the North Downs
  • This guidebook covers 20 mountain biking routes set throughout the length and breadth of the North Downs, from Farnham in the west to Dover in the east, as well as a route along the Downs Link, which joins the North Downs Way with the South Downs Way. They range from 18.5km to 59km in length and up to 90% off road. The routes, illustrated with... Read more
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Maps

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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • 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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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
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