A picturesque countryside view on the North Downs Way

North Downs Way 40th Anniversary Celebration Walks

To celebrate the launch of the North Downs Way 40 years ago this September we have put together an exciting and varied schedule of led walks.  Working with our partners we have come up with a timetable of events with something to suit everyone. 

Walk Schedule 

The Day Before Pilgrimage Winchester circular

17th March 2018  10.30am - 5.30pm 

Start and Finish at Winchester Cathedral 

Walk led by British Pilgrims Trust

6 miles – A gentle introduction to the ‘day-before-you-go’ traditions of pilgrimage in Winchester – including hidden holy wells, the wayfarers’ dole, walking an ancient labyrinth, beautiful water-meadows and a mighty river, a wooded hillfort, the site where King Alfred the Great was buried, many small but distinct ancient Churches, and of course Winchester Cathedral itself.

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Day one on the Augustine Camino

28th April : 10am - 4.30pm 

Start at Rochester and finish at Ayelsford

Walk led by Augustine Camino

12 miles - The Augustine Camino is a new pilgrimage route linking Rochester and Canterbury Cathedrals with Augustus Pugin's shrine  to St Augustine in Ramsgate. 

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North Downs Way Lenham to Wye

5th May  Meet at 9.45 am for a 10am start 

Start at Lenham and finish at Wye

Walk led by Walk A While 

12 Miles - Join us over the bank holiday weekend, with Saturday’s group as we follow the North Downs Way from Lenham to Wye

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North Downs Way Dorking to Reigate

5th May  Meet outside Dorking Main Rail Station 9:45 for prompt 10 am start 

Walk led by Mole Valley Ramblers & Surrey Hills Society

10 miles This section of the NDW passes over one of the best known beauty spots in Surrey, Box Hill, with its wide variety of species and box trees after which it is named. We will cross the stepping stones over the River Mole and scale the steep scarp of Box Hill, taking in views which inspired the final 500 lines of John Keats’ Edymion, before plunging down to join the Pilgrim’s Way/NDW, past the industrial archaeology of Brockham limeworks and follow in the footsteps of historic travellers. The walk has several steep ascents and descents. 

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To book phone Fiona Spencer, Mole Valley Ramblers 07917 772333 

Stour Valley and Kings Wood on the North Downs Way 

6th May  Meet at Wye Railway Station at 9.30am

Start at Wye and finish at Chillam 

Walk led by Kentish Stour Countryside Partnership

7 Miles -  Following the North Downs Way through the Stour Valley. We will walk past All Saints Church at Boughton Aluph and up into the ancient woodland of King’s Wood before arriving in the medieval village of Chilham with its village square at the entrance to the castle. Learn about the landscape and history of the Stour Valley and the wildlife along the way. There are two good pubs in Chilham and a tea room for those wanting refreshments at the end of walk. Easy journey back on the train from Chilham to Wye if you need to get back to the starting point. Free Parking in Chilham at the junction of Taylors Hill and A252. 

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North Downs Way, Guildford to Dorking

6th May -  Meet outside Guildford Rail Station 9.30am

Start at Guilford and finish at Dorking 

Led by Mole Valley Ramblers & Surrey Hills Society (Festival)

15 miles  - Join us for this glorious section of the North Downs Way with fine views to the south, and passing through beech woodlands and chalk grasslands; where the spring flowers should be plentiful. We shall start alongside the river Wey, then up to Pewley Down, St Martha’s Hill, with its iconic hilltop church, another ascent to Newlands Corner. From there it is generally level walking over Hackhurst Downs, White Downs and Ranmore Common. Finally descending to Mole Valley through Denbies Wine Estate, where you may wish to pause for refreshments near the end of the walk. 

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To book phone: Fiona Spencer, Mole Valley Ramblers  07917 772333 

The Pilgrims Way to Canterbury- fact or fiction?

7th May  Meet at  10am at the ‘Pilgrim Milestone’ oak carving in Chilham square.

From Chilham to Canterbury

Walk led by Walk A While

7.5 miles

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The Devils Kneading Trough to Folkestone Downs

13th May -  Meet Wye Railway Station at 10am 

From Wye to Folkestone 

Walk led by White Cliffs Countryside Partnersip

16 Miles - Join us for this walk along one of the most stunning sections of this iconic trail. Departing Wye we will climb up on to the downs, taking in the Wye Crown and Devil’s Kneading Trough before heading on to the Folkestone Downs, with its rare chalk grassland and recently restored Bronze Age round barrow. Taking in the breath taking views of the Channel and Romney Marsh, you will hear about the landscape, history and wildlife of the area. 

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To book a place email or phone  01304 241806 

Walk the Chalk along the White Cliffs from Folkestone to Dover

20 May  - Meet Folkestone Central Train Station at 10am 

From Folkestone to Dover 

Walk led by Up on The Downs & Kent Downs AONB

11 miles -  Join us for a walk along the cliffs between Folkestone and Dover, taking in the extensive sea views and hearing about local history and wildlife along the way, including listening ears and rare butterflies and plants. This walk takes in part of the recently established ChalkUp21 trail of 21st Century Art and Architecture, created by Dover Arts Development, and we will be joined by a local architecture to explain the importance of these modern gems. 

Full details of the Chalk up 21 project here

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Book a place  via email or telephone 01304 241806 

Discovering Samuel Palmer's Earthly Paradise

20 May - Meet at Otford Railway Station at 10am 

A circular walk starting and ending at Otford Railway Station. 

Walk led by Darent Valley Landscape Partnership Scheme 

7 mile

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Chapels and Chalk from Farnham to Chilworth in the Surrey Hills

26th May -  Meet at the start of the North Downs Way at the junction of A31 and Station Hill in Farnham at 9:30 for prompt 10am start 

From Farnham to Chilworth

Walk led by Surrey Hills Society & North Downs Way (Festival)

14 miles  - Join us for a walk & talk on the chalk; meeting at the start of the North Downs Way at the junction of A31 and Station Hill in Farnham before heading into the countryside along the National Trail. Stopping at Puttenham eco barn for refreshments and a quick tour of St John the Baptist with a longer lunch break at Watts Chapel on Downs Lane. 

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Booking information to follow 

Reigate to Botley Hill Farmhouse

14 June 

Linear walk from Gatton Park car park, Reigate to Botley Hill Farmhouse

Walk led by East Surrey Walkers

11.5 Miles 

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