Walk the North Downs Way
from Farnham to Dover via Canterbury or Folkestone
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About the Trail:

Facts: The North Downs Way is a National Trail that runs from the stone age settlement and now town of Farnham, via Canterbury, a UNESCO world heritage site and area of great historical importance. The path was opened in 1978, and runs along the ridge of the North Downs Hills, partially following the Pilgrim’s Way, a route taken by pilgrims from as far back as 1100 AD. It offers arguably the best scenic qualities for a walker in the UK, with its combination of breathtaking woodlands and bustling cities. It is one of the most diverse and interesting trails in Britain, and offers experiences for all types of walker.

Highlights: The trail passes through two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty: Surrey Hills AONB and Kent Downs AONB. Canterbury, the city that marks the end of the path, is one of the most-visited cities in the United Kingdom, and with good reason; it is home to Canterbury Cathedral and the remainders of St. Augustine’s Abbey, both sites of undeniable cultural and historical importance.


The nature of the Trail:

The North Downs Way can be enjoyed at almost any time of year, with its mild climate and relatively level terrain (although it does have some steep climbs around the scarp slope of the North Downs).

Rochester to Dover via Canterbury - 5 Days

6 days walking
7 nights accommodation
60.5 miles /97km
From:
£495  Per Person
Single Supplement:
£20 Per Person Per Night
Solo Traveller Supplement:
£35  Per Person Per Night
Season:
spring, summer, autumn, winter

Itinerary

  • Arrival - Arrival and overnight stay in Rochester area
  • Day 1 - Rochester to Hollingbourne (14½ miles / 23 km)
  • Day 2 - Hollingbourne to Wye (15 miles / 24 km)
  • Day 3 - Wye to Canterbury (12½ miles / 20 km)
  • Day 4 - Canterbury to Shepherdswell (10½ miles / 14 km)
  • Day 5 - Shepherdswell to Dover (8 miles / 13 km)
  • Departure - Departure from Dover after breakfast
  • Notes

    Please be aware that slight variations to these itineraries may have to be made due to availability of accommodation. Please note that the quoted daily mileage does not include distance from the path to your overnight accommodation.

    Our prices are based on two persons sharing a room. If you are travelling with others and require your own room, the single price applies.

    If you are walking the route by yourself, the Solo Traveller price applies If you wish to add rest days into the itinerary please contact us for details.

    Rochester to Dover via Folkestone - 5 Days

    6 days walking
    7 nights accommodation
    53 miles /85km
    From:
    £495  Per Person
    Single Supplement:
    £20 Per Person Per Night
    Solo Traveller Supplement:
    £35  Per Person Per Night
    Season:
    spring, summer, autumn, winter

    Itinerary

  • Arrival - Arrival and overnight stay in Rochester area
  • Day 1 - Rochester to Detling (9½ miles / 15 km)
  • Day 2 - Detling to Lenham (9 miles / 14½ km)
  • Day 3 - Lenham to Wye (11 miles / 18 km)
  • Day 4 - Wye to Etchinghill (10½ miles / 17 km)
  • Day 5 - Etchinghill to Dover - via Folkestone (13 miles / 21 km)
  • Depature - Departure from Dover after breakfast
  • Notes

    Please be aware that slight variations to these itineraries may have to be made due to availability of accommodation. Please note that the quoted daily mileage does not include distance from the path to your overnight accommodation.

    Our prices are based on two persons sharing a room. If you are travelling with others and require your own room, the single price applies.

    If you are walking the route by yourself, the Solo Traveller price applies If you wish to add rest days into the itinerary please contact us for details.

    Farnham to Rochester - 7 Days

    7 days walking
    8 nights accommodation
    70 miles /113km
    From:
    £670  Per Person
    Single Supplement:
    £20 Per Person Per Night
    Solo Traveller Supplement:
    £35  Per Person Per Night
    Season:
    spring, summer, autumn, winter

    Itinerary

  • Arrival - Arrival and overnight stay in Farnham area
  • Day 1 - Farnham to Guildford (11 miles / 18 km)
  • Day 2 - Guildford to Dorking (13 miles / 21 km)
  • Day 3 - Dorking to Merstham (9 miles / 15 km)
  • Day 4 - Merstham to Oxted (8 miles / 13 km)
  • Day 5 - Oxted to Otford (12 miles / 19 km)
  • Day 6 - Otford to Wrotham (6½ miles / 10 km)
  • Day 7 - Wrotham to Rochester (10½ miles / 17 km)
  • Departure - Departure from Rochester after breakfast
  • Notes

    Please be aware that slight variations to these itineraries may have to be made due to availability of accommodation. Please note that the quoted daily mileage does not include distance from the path to your overnight accommodation.

    Our prices are based on two persons sharing a room. If you are travelling with others and require your own room, the single price applies.

    If you are walking the route by yourself, the Solo Traveller price applies If you wish to add rest days into the itinerary please contact us for details.

    Farnham to Dover via Folkestone - 11 Days

    11 days walking
    12 nights accommodation
    123 miles /198km
    From:
    £1010  Per Person
    Single Supplement:
    £20 Per Person Per Night
    Solo Traveller Supplement:
    £35  Per Person Per Night
    Season:
    spring, summer, autumn, winter

    Itinerary

  • Arrival - Arrival and overnight stay in Farnham area
  • Day 1 - Farnham to Guildford 11 miles (18km)
  • Day 2 - Guildford to Dorking 13 miles (21km)
  • Day 3 - Dorking to Merstham 9 miles (15km)
  • Day 4 - Merstham to Oxted 8 miles (13km)
  • Day 5 - Oxted to Otford 12 miles (19km)
  • Day 6 - Otford to Wrotham 6.5 miles (10km)
  • Day 7 - Wrotham to Rochester 10.5 miles (17km)
  • Day 8 - Rochester to Hollingbourne 14.5 miles (23km)
  • Day 9 - Hollingbourne to Wye 15 miles (24km)
  • Day 10 - Wye to Etchinghill 10.5 miles (17km)
  • Day 11 - Etchinghill to Dover (via Folkestone) 13 miles (21km)
  • Departure - Departure from Dover after breakfast
  • Notes

    Please be aware that slight variations to these itineraries may have to be made due to availability of accommodation. Please note that the quoted daily mileage does not include distance from the path to your overnight accommodation.

    Our prices are based on two persons sharing a room. If you are travelling with others and require your own room, the single price applies.

    If you are walking the route by yourself, the Solo Traveller price applies If you wish to add rest days into the itinerary please contact us for details.

    ACCOMMODATION ON THE ROUTE

    Accommodation:

    Depending on where you are on the trail you’re following, your overnight accommodation can vary from a B&B, guest house or hotel, which is all part of enjoying the countryside. Here are examples of the type of accommodation you can expect on The North Downs Way. Wherever possible, we will reserve rooms with ensuite or private bathrooms. There may be locations or times of the year when accommodation with only shared facilities are available.

    If you wish to add rest days into the itinerary please contact us for details.

    How It Works


    Included in the holiday arrangements and package cost:

  • Accommodation in B&Bs, guest houses, inns and small hotels on, or close by, the route
  • Breakfast daily
  • Daily baggage transfer - one bag per person up to 20kg (44lbs)
  • If you are booked off route for the evening, we will provide any necessary transportation between the route and your accommodation and back to the path again the next morning
  • A detailed map and/or guidebook of the long distance path chosen per room
  • Support and planning in implementing your trip
  • Information pack with full contact and location details on your overnight accommodation and baggage transfer company
  • Assistance of a 24/7 Duty Officer who will do everything to help you in case of an emergency.

  • Not included in the holiday arrangements and package cost:

  • Transportation to the start of your holiday or from the final night’s accommodation
  • Any parking costs for the duration of your holiday
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunches or dinners (or any travel costs in getting to nearby pubs or restaurants)
  • Arrival and Departure:

    Return transport back to your car at the end of the holiday is not included, however is often available by public transport or taxi.

    There are railway stations at the start of the trail (Farnham) and at the end (Dover). Rail timetables, fare and route information can be found at www.nationalrail.co.uk or by calling National Rail Enquiries on 03457 484 950. Trains run every hour between Dover Priory to Farnham via London Waterloo making it easy to come back to the start of the trail.

    Coach travel information is available at www.nationalexpress.com or by calling National Express on 0871 781 8181

    Route Planning: The Traveline and Rome2Rio both offer free and detailed online route planning facilities on their websites which may help you find your way to and from your holiday location. Details can be found at: www.traveline.info and www.rome2rio.com

    Rest Days and Extra Nights:

    If you wish to add rest days into your itinerary or add extra nights, please contact us.

    'Accommodation Only' package:

    Some walkers travel very light or want to carry all their belongings with them. We understand that, so why not choose our 'accommodation only' package. We will book your overnight stays in an eclectic mix of accommodations along the route and provide you with location maps for each property, so you won't struggle to find it at the end of a walking day. Please contact us for details.

    'Luggage Transfers Only' package:

    If you have planned all your travel arrangements yourself, but still need someone to arrange your luggage transfers along the route then please let us take care of it. You will still receive the same great service from us, so please contact us directly for more details.
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