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The North Downs Way is 153 miles long. It runs from Farnham on the edge of the Surrey Hills to Dover. The route follows ancient trackways along the chalk ridges and wooded downland of Surrey and Kent through Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, grazing the southern edge of greater London and ending at the celebrated White Cliffs, with an optional loop via Canterbury. It was opened as a National Trail in 1978. For much of its length the Way parallels the old Pilgrim's Way route between Winchester and Canterbury. Much of the traditional route of the Pilgrim's Way is now part of the modern road network and walkers wishing to follow it are advised to use the North Downs Way as an alternative.(Extract adapted from Ramblers Association)
The best web sites for General Information and Planning:
Ramblers Association A comprehensive site providing details on the route. Includes an accommodation guide, booking service providers, maps required.
Ramblefest A dedicated webpage is provided on the North Downs Way with sections on accommodation, Restaurants and Pubs, Guidebooks and Maps, and public transport.
South East National Trails This Official site for the walk is comprehensive with lots of useful information on the route. Has just about everything needed for planning the walk.
The best web sites for Guided Walking:
Walkawhile provide a self guided or accompanied walking option for the Pilgrim's Way 'Rochester to Canterbury' section of the walk. Accommodation can be arranged too.
The web sites that organise accommodation and baggage transfer:
Contours Full range of self guided walking services.
Xplore Britain Full range of self guided walking services.
The best web sites for you to plan your accommodation:
The best personal journals of the walk:
Ramblers Association Practical walking advice including a guide to map reading, navigation and a detailed list of the essential gear required on a long distance walk.
Ramblers Association Essential safety guide with clear web site navigation.
Mountain Rescue UK You may need them so take their advice.
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