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The North Downs Way

National Trail from Farnham to Dover

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.

Seasons

The North Downs Way can be walked at any time of the year, but is seen at its best between April and October

Centres

Beginning in Farnham, the North Downs Way passes close-to or through Guildford, Otford, Wrotham, Detling, Charing, Wye, Chilham, Canterbury, Patrixbourne and ends in Dover

Difficulty

Despite 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 See

Passing 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, Dover Castle, and across Shakespeare Cliff, one of the White Cliffs of Dover.
ISBN
9781852848613
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Published
Published
7 Jul 2017
Edition
Third
Pages
144
Size
17.20 x 11.60 x .90cm
Weight
310g
Overview

A guidebook to walking the North Downs Way National Trail between the high downland of Farnham, Hampshire and Dover on the Kent coast. Covering 208km (130 miles), this gentle trail takes around 11 days to walk and is an ideal first long-distance hike for beginners.

The route is described from west to east in 11 daily stages between 12 and 22km (8–14 miles) in length. An optional 3-stage detour via Canterbury is also provided.

  • Contains step-by-step description of the route alongside 1:50,000 OS maps
  • Includes a separate map booklet containing OS 1:25,000 mapping and route line
  • Refreshment and accommodation information given for each route stage
  • Handy route summary table helps you plan your itinerary
  • Much of the route follows the ancient Pilgrims' Way to Canterbury Cathedral

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By Kev Reynolds

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.

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