North Downs Way

Follow in the footsteps of pilgrims on an inspirational 153 mile journey from Farnham to Canterbury and the White Cliffs of Dover through a beautiful landscape rich in heritage.


Route map for North Downs Way by Walking Rambler on

StageStart PointEnd PointDistance (miles)Ascend (feet)
1Farnham, SurreyGuildford, Surrey
2Guildford, SurreyGomshall, Surrey8.6988
3Gomshall, SurreyWesthumble, Surrey8827
4Westhumble, SurreyMersham, Surrey11.31512
5Mersham, SurreyOxted, Surrey10.21171
6Oxted, SurreyDunston12.91224
7DunstonWrotham, Kent6833
8Wrotham, KentCuxton, Kent10.2935
9Cuxton, KentBoxley, Kent10
10Boxley, KentHollingbourne, Kent7
11Hollingbourne, KentCharing, Kent8
12Charing, KentWye, Kent7

East of Boughton Lees, the path splits in two, the northern section running via Canterbury and the southern via Wye; at this stage the path crosses the Stour Valley Walk and passes the Wye Crown. The two sections of the path reunite at Dover. The northern route is 131 miles (211 km) long, and the southern route 125 miles (201 km), the current length of the North Downs Way being 153 miles (246 km). The official guide to the trail divides the North Downs Way into fifteen sections.

North Downs route via Etchinghill

StageStart PointEnd PointDistance (miles)Ascend (feet)
1Wye, KentEtchinghill, Kent11.25
2Etchinghill, KentDover, Kent12

North Downs route via Canterbury

StageStart PointEnd PointDistance (miles)Ascend (feet)
1Wye, KentCanterbury, Kent14
2Canterbury, KentShepherdswell, Kent10
3Shepherdswell, KentDover, Kent8.5