North Downs Way via Folkestone

A walk from Farnham to Dover via the coastal town of Folkestone and the White Cliffs of Dover.

11 to 13 nights
123 miles
Moderate to Moderate / Demanding

From £1115 per person

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About this route

Transform the finale of the North Downs Way into a spectacular coastal walk along the White Cliffs of Dover. Shorter than the Canterbury alternative, the route via Folkestone departs the North Downs Way National Trail at Boughton Lees.

With some steep climbs to high-level footpaths, this route excels at far-reaching views over the English Channel and the landscape of Wye Crown, not to mention Folkestone’s Millennium White Horse. It’s a fantastic way to capture some of the North Downs’ most memorable scenery, and to experience the dramatic cliffs that make Dover so famous.

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North Downs Way via Folkestone map
Farnham to Dover (via Folkestone)
123 miles (197 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday Highlights

Looking out over the Devil’s Kneading Trough, where 21 different species of orchid stipple the chalk grassland with colour.

Admiring the beautiful hills and woodlands around the Elham Valley.

Standing on the Hoverport pier and gazing at the amazing White Cliffs of Dover.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
NDWF1 From Farnham to Dover 11 nights, 10 days walking Moderate / Demanding£1115
NDWF2 From Farnham to Dover 12 nights, 11 days walking Moderate / Demanding£1215
NDWF3 From Farnham to Dover 13 nights, 12 days walking Moderate£1315

North Downs Way via Folkestone 11 nights, 10 days walking

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

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

Day 1

Farnham to Guildford. 11 miles (17.5km)

Day 2

Guildford to Dorking. 13 miles (21km)

Day 3

Dorking to Merstham. 9 miles (14.5km)

Day 4

Merstham to Oxted. 8 miles (13km)

Day 5

Oxted to Otford. 12 miles (19km)

Day 6

Otford to Rochester. 17 miles (27km)

Day 7

Rochester to Hollingbourne(T). 14.5 miles (23km)

Day 8

Hollingbourne(T) to Wye. 15 miles (24km)

Day 9

Wye to Etchinghill(T). 10.5 miles (17km)

Day 10

Etchinghill(T) to Dover. 13 miles (21km)

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?

  • 11 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

The ancient settlement of Farnham is a good choice if you wish to spend an extra night getting to know the area at the start of your holiday. Bordering the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there are plenty of options for exploring the area on foot, while the town centre is home to a range of fine historic buildings and is overlooked by the magnificent Norman Castle and keep. A heritage trail around the town can be completed in around two hours. On the outskirts of Farnham are the ruins of Waverley Abbey while the grounds of Farnham Park, a variety of gardens, potteries and galleries, cry out for exploration.

If you prefer somewhere a bit livelier, the bustling town of Guildford has plenty of amenities, including shops, bars and restaurants, yet there are still plenty of historic attractions that make for a fascinating visit. Attractions include a medieval undercroft on Guidford high street, the former courtroom of the Guildhall, Guildford Museum and the wonderful Guildford Castle, where there are panoramic views over the surrounding countryside.

Rochester is also a fantastic choice for an extra night. The town is home to England's second oldest cathedral and one of the best preserved examples of Norman architecture in England at Rochester Castle. For fans of literature, Restoration House and Gardens is a must, as it is said to have been the inspiration for Miss Havisham's Satis House in Charles Dickens Great Expectations.

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

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

Tour Facts

Total distance: 123 miles (197 km)
Duration: 11 nights, 10 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 8 miles (13 km)
Maximum daily distance: 17 miles (27 km)
Code: NDWF1 Grade: Moderate / Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Farnham
End of holiday: Dover

Route Profile

North Downs Way via Folkestone 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 Heathrow, Kent (Manston) and London Gatwick.

By Rail - There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Farnham) and also at the end of the trail (Dover).

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

From London - Trains run from London Waterloo station to Farnham.

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

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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