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The North Downs Way

Made in collaboration with Marketing Peak District and Derbyshire, National Trails, Julia Bradbury and The Outdoor Guide. 

What Are The National Trails?

The National Trails are long distance walks through some of the very best landscapes the UK has to offer. Along the way, you can expect your emotions to be lifted through exposure to varied wildlife and for your curiosity to be engaged through insights into the past. With 16 to choose from, there is something to suit everyone, regardless of age or ability.

North Downs Way

The North Downs way follow the historical pilgrimage route which runs between Winchester and Canterbury. It’s a walk heaped in history, with eight castles, three cathedrals, three archbishops palaces and many stately homes along its length – there is plenty to explore both on and off the trail.

Whether you’re after coast or countryside or a mixture of the two, this trail has what you’re looking for. National Trails have put together a variety of itineraries to suit all tastes and walking abilities.

Cathedral to Coast: A Modern-Day Pilgrimage in The Garden of England

You can choose to focus on the lovely city of Canterbury, the ancient town is rich in history and needs a day (if not more) to explore.

There is the castle, the gorgeous ancient streets and of course the towering cathedral to see. Just outside Canterbury, there are some beautiful villages with pubs which have been sating travellers hunger for over 500 years.

White Cliff Country

The Coastline in Kent is also worth a visit, the towering cliffs of Dover being just one of the stunning sites to see. There are three castles within a short distance of each other, one in Dover, one in the smuggler town of Deal and one in Walmer which has extensive grounds which you can enjoy at your leisure.

Kent is home to some truly beautiful villages, including Sandwich, one of the best-preserved medieval villages in the country. There’s the coastal town of Whitstable to admire, and plenty of small villages tucked away in the cliffs to be found – all of which can be found whilst walking the North Downs Path.