Find out about the 15 National Trails providing over 4000km of well-managed paths which offer walking, riding and cycling experiences through some of the finest countryside in England and Wales, officially designated by Natural England (formerly the Countryside Agency).
Location: South East England.
Length:: 246km (153 miles).
Average number of days to complete:: 12.
Users:: 100% for walkers, 52% for cyclists and horse riders.
Highest point:: Botley Hill near Oxted, Surrey 260 m (853ft).
Start point: Farnham. A31 junction near station
Finish point: Dover Esplanade.
Landscape:: Follows the chalk escarpment of the North Downs passing through a rich diversity of woodland, open fields and natural chalk grassland, often tracing the Pilgrims Way. 85 % within the Kent Downs and Surrey Hills designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Highlights: Denbies Vineyard, Box Hill, White Cliffs of Dover, Canterbury Cathedral, castles, Devils Kneading Trough at Wye, Watts Chapel, Polesden Lacey (National Trust property), butterflies, orchids and skylarks, views to South Downs, Weald, Romney Marsh and France.
Famous Associations: Charles Darwin, Winston Churchill, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, JMW Turner, Lewis Carrol, John Bunyan, William Wordsworth and Pilgrims.
Trail Officers favourite part: Kings Wood, Kent or Colley Hill in Surrey. He also loves the countryside around Cuxton, Wrotham, Chilham and Farnham, in fact he says there is too much to choose from!
Nearest Towns: London is 48km (30 miles) north, Winchester is 32km (20 miles) to the West. Dover, Canterbury, Guildford, Dorking, Reigate and Farnham are on the Trail.
Access: Farnham is 60 minutes from Waterloo station in London, Dover is 2 hours by train from London and 2 hours from Paris. Ashford is 70 minutes from London, change for services to Wye (10 minutes).
Information available: National Trail Guide by Colin Saunders - Aurum Press ISBN 978-1-84513-677-2. £14.99 Online accommodation and information guide to a wide range of facilities . Various circular walks leaflets available.
Contact for all information and advice: Rebecca Hoffman, Kent County Council, Invicta House, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1XX.Telephone: 00 44 (0) 1622 221358.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org