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North Downs Way (Maidstone, United Kingdom)

One of 15 national trails in England and Wales, this walking trail runs along the North Downs for 153 miles from Farnham in Surrey to Dover in Kent. Parts of the route converge with the old Pilgrim’s Way between the shrines of St Swithun at Winchester and St Thomas à Becket at Canterbury, but the Trail follows the top of the ridge, whereas the Pilgrim’s Way tends to run just below the ridge or in the valley bottoms. Although the main trail by-passes Canterbury, a 57 mile loop starting at Boughton Lees allows walkers to take in this important city. The route covers typical chalk countryside of steep escarpments, sunken lanes, pastureland and small villages and include a section where the Downs run into the Channel at the White Cliffs of Dover. It runs through two areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) in the Surrey Hills and North Kent Downs. Wildlife abounds, and the area is particularly noted for the rare wild flowers and butterflies it supports. As well as the natural landscape, the route takes walkers close to heritage sites such as Darwin’s Down House, Rochester castle and cathedral, Leeds Castle, Neolithic remains at Kit’s Coty and the Coldrum Stones, and Dover Castle. Horse-riders and cyclists are allowed on some sections of the route, details are on the website. As it runs through the home counties, good transport communications mean the trail can easily be joined at many points along its length. The website also has details of short circular walks taking in sections of the route.

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