North Downs Way Long Distance Path Directory

A countryside view from the North Downs Way
A countryside view from the North Downs Way

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.

The best web sites for General Information and Planning:
National Trails of Great Britain Comprehensive site providing details on the route. Includes an accommodation guide, booking service providers, maps required.

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/ or baggage transfer:
Contours Full range of self guided walking services.
Macs Adventure Specialises in self-guided walking holidays in England.
Xplore Britain Full range of self guided walking services.
Ramblefest A dedicated webpage is provided on the North Downs Way.
The best web sites for you to plan your accommodation:
S H Systems Excellent range of accommodation. Just type in the location to bring up a list of accommodation in the area. You can sort by price, postcode or rating.

The best personal journals of the walk:
Kevan Wilkinson Kevan has put a superb report together, the best on the web.
Bob Barton Bob pens a short report on the walk.
Sara Davies Sara says "A group of us walked the NDW this year (2007). There are some really nice photos taken by one of my walking companions. If you have time, do dip into it." It is a nice report on the walk.
The essential sites for safety advice and emergency services:
Ramblers Association Practical walking advice on keeping safe including a guide to map reading, navigation and a detailed list of the essential gear required on a long distance walk.
Mountain Rescue UK You may need them so take their advice.
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