Reflections on 2018 - Merry Christmas

17th December 2018

As we wind down for the festive period it’s worth taking a look back at an incredibly busy and successful 40th Anniversary year and contemplate some of the exciting projects we are planning in the coming years.


Our series of led walks in the spring saw nearly 500 walkers take part and our inaugural Pilgrims Festival attracted over 700 attendees and has led for a lot of discussion about follow up events. We have been involved in the Chalk Up 21 Architecture project delivered by DAD in the Dover area and Surrey Hills Unearthed projects showcasing arts and architecture along the route.

IN addition we have trained nearly 20 walk leaders (Ambassadors) this year who are currently putting plans for their own led walks in 2019 allowing more people to access the trail under expert supervision & guidance.

Green Pilgrimage

Our European project work has taken us to the Camino in Spain, to Vadstena in Sweden and Trondheim in Norway, looking at how long distance trails contribute towards the protection of cultural and natural heritage. Our learnings from these trips are developing an ambitious action plan in our little corner of the world.

A Taste of England

The Ales of the Trail website and passport is launched with 10 breweries dedicating an official beer for the trail to attract walkers to sample local produce as they walk, something the Discover England “Great Walking Trails” project is keen to promote to overseas walkers with itineraries and information due for launch in the coming months.

New Itineraries for Multi Users

We have redesigned a collection of circular walks in Surrey and Kent and are putting the final pieces of a major tourism bid to help create further itineraries for walkers, cyclists and riders along the trail.

Festive Fun

Whilst we take a short break the trail, of course remains open and is a popular destination for people working off some of the Christmas excesses. Please keep in touch via social media if you’re out and about on the trail or visiting a country pub along the route.

Twitter: @NorthDownsWay

Insta: @northdownsway_nt

Facebook: NorthDownsWayNationalTrail

-              Share and tag us in a photo of your favourite pub and tell us why it’s a contender for the #BestTrailPub. We’d like to see pictures of dogs in front of cosy fires, pictures of jubilant walkers quenching their thirst after a hard day on the trails. Bonus points awarded for dodgy Christmas jumpers and head gear!

-              If you’re a pub, tag us and tell us why you’re the #BestTrailPub along the North Downs Way.

-              Don’t forget to use the hashtags #BestTrailPub and #AleoftheTrail

We hope the festive season is kind to you and look forward to seeing you all in the New Year

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2019



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