North Downs Way
The North Downs Way National Trail follows the chalk scarp of the North Downs for 153 miles through two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Surrey Hills and Kent Downs.
If you feel like a challenge, its entire length from Farnham to Dover, will take you past eight castles, three cathedrals and three palaces to the famous White Cliffs. All along the trail nature and heritage will surround you.
Closer to Dorking it is possible to follow the Trail from Gomshall to Betchworth (both with railway stations) through ancient woodland and over rare chalkland grass slopes, rich with plants and butterflies.
You will pass close to the magnificence of Polesden Lacey, through England’s largest Vineyard, use stepping-stones to cross the River Mole – close to where Nelson met with Lady Hamilton – and ascend to Box Hill celebrated by Jane Austen in ‘Emma’.
The Trail is easy to use – follow the acorn signs – most of it is relatively easy to walk but, as a stamina test, try the ascent to Box Hill!
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