NORTH DOWNS WAY NATIONAL TRAIL & THE DARENT VALLEY PATH

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North Downs Way National Trail

From Farnham to Guildford the path meets the iconic Pilgrims Way and passes through the Runfold Wood Nature Reserve, a woodland bursting with wildlife, roe deer, woodpeckers, nuthatches and carpets of wildflowers.

Glorious views across woodland and a landscape rich in flora and fauna await you at the top of Box Hill, Colley Hill and Reigate Hill.

The track passes through the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Kemsing Down Nature Reserve, peppered with over nine species of orchid, while the chalk grassland of Trosley Country Park offers sightings of the rare musk orchid.

Rochester Castle and Cathedral provide a dramatic backdrop along the walk. The Neolithic burial chamber, Kits Coty is an intriguing stop, with striking views across the North Downs and the Medway Valley.

The Devil’s Kneading Trough at Wye boasts dramatic views over Romney Marsh and the Weald and is renowned for its range of orchids and wildlife.

Take on the Canterbury Loop and you’ll be rewarded with sights of Canterbury Cathedral as you emerge from King’s Wood, a sight which has greeted pilgrims for centuries.

The final approach to Dover is a gentle amble, taking you over the iconic white cliffs and towards the magnificent castle.

Visit the North Downs Way National Trail website for more info, guides and tips

Darent Valley Path

The Darent Valley is one of Kent’s greatest hidden treasures with fine walking opportunities for all the family. The waymarked path is 19 miles (30.4km) long, following the meandering river from the banks of the busy River Thames at Dartford through the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to the Greensand Hills above Sevenoaks.

 An excellent network of footpaths means there are numerous walking experiences to be enjoyed, ranging from gentle strolls between historic inns to bracing climbs to the top of the Downs with panoramic views across the valley.​