North Downs Short Break

A short walking holiday from Canterbury to Dover through the culturally rich landscape of Kent.

3 nights
19 miles
Moderate

From £305 per person

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About this route

Walk through shaded woodland and rolling fields between historic towns on the North Downs Way Short Break. Depart the arches of Canterbury and set off through the “Garden of England” as you explore lush agricultural land and follow an old Roman Road into the bustling port at Dover.

Here, the North Downs collapse to the sea at the famous White Cliffs, and the trail offers staggering views across the English Channel toward mainland Europe.

Standard
Interactive
North Downs Short Break map
Canterbury to Dover
19 miles (30 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday Highlights

Visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Canterbury.

Walking through the beautiful rural landscape of Kent in the ‘Garden of England.’

Arriving at the port of Dover and admiring the views of the famous White Cliffs and the English Channel.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
NDWSB From Canterbury to Dover 3 nights, 2 days walking Moderate£305

North Downs Short Break 3 nights, 2 days walking

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather
Start

Travel to Canterbury where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Canterbury to Shepherdswell(T). 10.5 miles (16.5km)

Day 2

Shepherdswell(T) to Dover. 8 miles (13km)

Finish

Depart from Dover after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to walk more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are walking on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Walker or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Walker Supplement
£55.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£40.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 3 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

An extra night can be the perfect way to extend your holiday, whether you spend it relaxing, exploring the sights and sounds of the area or simply soaking up the atmosphere in this historically rich region.

The Cathedral city of Canterbury is a superb choice for an extra night. With the magnificent cathedral dominating its skyline, Canterbury offers a wealth of other fascinating attractions, including the 1000 year old St Dunstan's Church; Grayfriar's Chapel, the only remaining Franciscan Friary; Canterbury Castle and The Canterbury Tales, which brings Geoffrey Chaucer's tales to life.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 18.5 miles (29.5 km)
Duration: 3 nights, 2 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 8 miles (13 km)
Maximum daily distance: 10.5 miles (16.5 km)
Code: NDWSB Grade: Moderate
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Canterbury
End of holiday: Dover

Route Profile

North Downs Short Break Route Profile

Travel Information

Detailed instructions on how to get to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent with your full holiday pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are London City and Kent (Manston).

By Rail - There is a choice of rail stations at Canterbury. Canterbury West or Canterbury East depending on the location of your accommodation. There is a rail station at the end of the trail (Dover).

By Bus - Various bus services run to Canterbury and from Dover.

From London - Trains run from London Charing Cross and London St Pancras stations to Canterbury West, and from London Victoria station to Canterbury East.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to catch a train from Dover to Canterbury.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

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