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North Downs Way

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The North Downs Way National Trail, the premier route in the South East, runs for 153 miles through the Surrey Hills and Kent Downs Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The North Downs Way starts at Farnham on the Surrey/Hampshire border and ends at Dover - gateway to England. There is a loop at the eastern end to take in the historic Cathedral City of Canterbury.

Much of the trail follows the Pilgrims Way: the legendary route used by pilgrims on their way from Winchester to Canterbury to pray at the shrine of St Thomas Becket. Modern day pilgrims who walk the route enjoy some of the finest scenery in east England.

The route takes the traveller through a rich tapestry of heritage and history. Along the route, the trail passes three cathedrals, castles, palaces, stately homes, ancient sites and endless defensive fortifications.

Much of the Downs are covered with rich woodland and rare chalk grasslands, which encourages a rich diversity of flora and fauna. There are nature reserves, rare plants and butterflies - but wherever you find self on the Downs, there will always be a new discovery or breathtaking view awaiting you just around the corner. 

To find out all that the trail can offer, from scenic circular walks to longer routes, and for all your accommodation needs, visit the North Downs Way National Trail website

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