North Downs Way

These are my notes from the walk. If you’re planning to walk the North Downs Way, I hope you might find them useful.

Day 1 Farnham to Guildford (11 miles)
Car parked at Farnham Rail Station
Walked NDW to end of Ferry Lane and followed River Wey into Guildford.
Train from Guildford back to Farnham
Picnic lunch at Puttenham
Tea & cake at Watts Gallery
Overnight off NDW

Day 2 Guildford to Dorking (13 miles)
Car parked at Guildford Rail Station
Walked NDW to Denbies Vineyard. Took footpath past Denbies Visitor Centre and followed their entrance road to roundabout. Main road to Dorking DeepdeneRail Station.
Train from Dorking Deepdene to Guildford
Rained all day – ate snacks on the move

Day 3 Dorking to Tatsfield (22 miles)
Train to Dorking Rail
Walked NDW to Clarks Lane, NE of Oxted and followed footpath to Tatsfield
Picnic lunch at Inglis Folly
Overnight The Bakery at Tatsfield – pub, restaurant with rooms, general store and greengrocer in village.

Day 4 Tatsfield to Otford (10 miles)
Footpath from Tatsfield to join NDW at Park Wood Golf Club
Lunch at Rose & Crown, Dunton Green
Bus from Otford to Sevenoaks, Sevenoaks to Westerham for tea & cake
Overnight Tatsfield – if we’d known we were going to do long walk yesterday, would have found somewhere close to Otford.

Day 5 Otford to Cuxton Rail Station (16 miles)
Taxi to Otford
Walked NDW to Cuxton, then along (boring) road to Rail Station
Picnic lunch at Trosley Country Park visitor centre – would have used Bluebell Cafe on site if we’d known about it
Train home

Day 6 Cuxton Rail Station to Thurnham (13 miles)

High speed rail to Strood, short train journey to Cuxton
Walked NDW to Thurnham
Picnic lunch Blue Bell Hill
Overnight Thurnham

Day 7 Thurnham to Charing (12 miles)
Walked NDW to Charing. Short walk through village to rail station.
Planned to divert to Lenham for lunch but carried on to Charing and bought excellent pork pie from butcher.
Train from Charing to Ashford to catch high speed train to Stratford.

Day 8 Charing to Brabourne (12 miles)
Parked at Ashford rail and caught train to Charing. Followed the eastern link from the station to join NDW.
Stopped for lunch at Perry Court Farm shop and stocked up with their apple crisps.
Walked down to Brabourne from NDW on the footpath that leads off just after the chalk pit and ends at the Five Bells.
Overnight at The Five Bells.

Day 9 Brabourne to Dover (18 miles)
Walked along the road to pick up the NDW just west of Stowting.
NDW takes a scenic route around Dover to take in the views but worth it, even if there are lots of steps to climb.
Nothing much happening at the granite start/finish marker on the Esplanade.
Train from Dover back to Ashford.

Day 9 Wye to Canterbury
Walked from Wye along footpaths (well marked) to join NDW just north of Boughton Aluph. Free car parking in Wye.
Stopped for coffee in tea shop at Chilham, but over-priced and wish we’d known that the church was serving refreshments that day. Train back to Wye from Canterbury West station. A good day walk.