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North Downs Way

The North Downs Way is a National Trail which runs from Farnham in Surrey to Dover in Kent, following the highest point of the North Downs where possible,  with a loop at the eastern end to take in the historic Cathedral City of Canterbury.. It is 153 miles long. Walking the whole trail will take about 12 days but there are shorter circular walks on Explore Kent which can be completed in a day. See the National Trail website for further details of how to plan your route and for places to stay overnight. Much of the trail follows the route of the Pilgrims Way which historically Pilgrims would have followed as they travelled from Winchester to Canterbury to pay homage to Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral.

What you will see along the trail?

Much of the Downs are covered with rich woodland and rare chalk grasslands, which encourages a rich diversity of flora and fauna. There are nature reserves, rare plants and butterflies - but wherever you find yourself on the Downs, there will always be a new discovery or breathtaking view awaiting you just around the corner.

Further Information

To find out more about the North Downs Way National Trail, please visit the National Trail  website at www.nationaltrail.co.uk/north-downs-way

Maps and guides

If you would like to report a problem on the North Downs Way Trail in Kent, please go to http://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/north-downs-way/report-a-problem