North Downs Way Map Booklet
By Kev Reynolds
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.
SeasonsThe North Downs Way can be walked at any time of the year, but is seen at its best between April and October
CentresBeginning in Farnham, the North Downs Way passes close to or through Guildford, Otford, Wrotham, Detling, Charing, Wye, Chilham, Canterbury and Patrixbourne and ends in Dover
DifficultyDespite some reasonably short steep ascents and descents, the North Downs Way is one of the more gentle of National Trails and is suitable for first-time long-distance walkers.
Must SeePassing through the Surrey and Kent Downs Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the North Downs Way crosses Box Hill, visits Neolithic sites like the Coldrum Stones and Kits Coty House, passes below the remains of Thurnham Castle, visits Canterbury Cathedral and Dover Castle, and wanders across Shakespeare Cliff, one of the White Cliffs of Dover.
Kev Reynolds was a freelance writer, photojournalist and lecturer. A prolific compiler of guidebooks, his first title for Cicerone Press (Walks & Climbs in the Pyrenees) appeared in 1978; he later produced many more titles for the same publisher. A member of the Outdoor Writers' Guild, the Alpine Club and Austrian Alpine Club, his passion for mountains and the countryside inspired a lifetime's activity, and he regularly travelled throughout Britain to share that enthusiasm through his lectures. Sadly, Kev passed away in 2021. He will be remembered fondly by all who knew him and by many more he inspired through his writing and talks.View author profile
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