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North Downs Way

North Downs Way

A self-guided walking holiday through the Surrey Hills and Kent Downs, from Farnham to Dover.

3 to 14 nights
19-137 miles
Moderate to Demanding / Strenuous

From £350 per person

About the trail

The North Downs Way National Trail follows the long chalk ridge of the North Downs through some of the most scenic and historic countryside in England. It crosses downland, sandy heath, deciduous woodland, green pastures, apple orchards and vineyards. A section of the trail even slips onto the Pilgrim’s Way, an ancient route followed by countless pilgrims on their way to pray at the shrine of Thomas Becket at Canterbury, immortalised in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.

The route is full of other historic sites, from prehistoric long barrows to a Napoleonic fort, with eight castles and three cathedrals in the mix. The local settlements, too, show their years: spot impressive Tudor carvings, half-timbered houses, and flint-walled churches as you make your way to the white cliffs and seaside views at Dover.

We offer multiple holiday options along this trail. If you wish to experience the entire trail, simply select the first option from the list below.

Customer reviews from the North Downs Way

“The weather on the first day of walking from Canterbury to Shepherds Well was beautiful as was the route once we got into the countryside.”
Mr Swallow, USA
“A very enjoyable route and accommodation.”
Mr Lee, UK
“The holiday was very enjoyable - the locations were generally good and the distances about right.”
Mr O’Hehir, UK
“Well, I enjoyed all of it… It's great to know that I can always contact someone if things don't go to plan and it will be sorted out.”
Ms Breese, Germany
“We love walking. We love walking in England. In general, we've been pleased with Contours and appreciate everything that's done for walkers.”
Mr Oberwetter, USA
“It was perfect - corresponding to the advertisement!”
Mrs Schneider, Switzerland
“Holiday full with sun and beautiful landscapes.”
Mr Ischer, Switzerland
“Spectacular scenery. Great weather. Well organised, bags delivered as promised. Very happy with Contours management and efficiency.”
Mrs Apperley, New Zealand
“We felt cared for at each of the accommodations. The guidebook and maps were very helpful, the trail was usually well marked, and we never got lost.”
Mr Hard, USA
"Ambiguous Sign" by Jane Wilde (2021)
"Ramparts of Dover Castle" by Jane Wilde (2021)
"Horses leaving Shepherdswell" by Jane Wilde (2021)
"View from Dover Castle" by Jane Wilde (2021)
"Poppies in Shepherdswell" by Jane Wilde (2021)