West London Ramblers

The North Downs Way

North Downs Way

This is one of the national long distance paths running for 153 miles from Farnham in Surrey to Dover and Canterbury in Kent. The walks are generally quite strenuous involving steep ascents and descents but the reward is spectacular views of some of southern England’s finest countryside.

We began the trail in June 2016 and reached Wrotham by November. After a break during the winter months we resume in March with walks on the third Saturday of each month. We plan to reach Dover in August and then to return to Boughton Lees to pick up the Canterbury loop, reaching the beautiful cathedral city in October with time for sightseeing and a celebratory meal.

Generally, the path is fairly easily accessible by public transport but there is usually a ‘link’ from the station so the total miles we will have walked will actually be rather more than 153.

The full details of each walk will appear in the programme and people are very welcome to join us for occasional walks or to commit to the challenge of completing the whole trail. The national Long Distance Footpath Association awards certificates for completing the whole route and it is also possible to purchase a NDW mug from their web-site!

Walks in 2017

Saturday 18 March

Borough Green to Cuxton

11 miles

Saturday 15 April

Cuxton to Detling

13.5/15.2 miles

Saturday 20 May

Detling to Lenham

12.1 miles

Saturday 17th June

Lenham to Wye

12.2 miles

Saturday 15th July

Wye to Etchinghill

13.4 miles

Saturday 19th August

Etchinghill to Dover

13 miles

Saturday 16th September

Boughton Lees to Chilham

 8.1 miles

Saturday 21st October

Chilham to Canterbury

 8.5 miles


For further information see:

North Downs Way by Colin Saunders, the official National Trail Guide, Aurum Press.

North Downs Way A-Z Adventure Atlas (all the relevant OS maps in a booklet format).

National Trail Official web-site http://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/north-downs-way

Monday, December 17, 2018