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AcornNorth Downs Way National Trail Canterbury Loop to Dover


51 km / 32 miles
The alternative Loop to Dover is as scenically interesting and varied as the more direct route via Wye and Folkestone. Although longer it passes Godmersham Park, once the home of Jane Austen's brother; Chilham, a village dating back to Roman times, Canterbury, and Shepherdswell before crossing agricultural land to reach the finish. Being a 'loop' you can make it a 45 mile circular walk.


Waymark: Acorn
Path Type: National Trails (England & Wales)
Waymark: Acorn
Attributes: National Trail (England and Wales)
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World Heritage Site
Start: TR029476 - Boughton Lees, Kent View on StreetMap
Finish: TR321411 - Dover, Kent View on StreetMap
Web Sites: London Hiker - The best North Downs Way views from Google Trekker [blog] North Downs Way 1 - Dover to Hollingbourne (via Canterbury) [YouTube video]

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Certificate Certificate for National Trails  (Long Distance Walkers Association )


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
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Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger 179, 189
OS Landranger Active 179, 189
OS Explorer 137, 138, 149, 150
OS Explorer Active 137, 138, 149, 150

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Route Profile:

52.0 km (32.3 miles)
844 m (2,769 ft) ascent
161 m (528 ft)  maximum height

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