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.