In 2018 the North Downs Way National Trail celebrates 40 years since its official opening on 30th September 1978 on Wye Downs. In celebration there will be a programme of walks along the trail, lead by local experts and coordinated by the NDW Trails Manager.
Each walk will be slightly different, on some walks you will learn about the landscape and wildlife, others will focus on the stories of Pilgrims and their journeys along this ancient trackway. Along the trail you will have the opportunity to soak up local knowledge, learn about the heritage and culture of the landscape and sample the local produce.
With more than 10 walks already confirmed and more in the pipeline there will be the opportunity to participate in back to back walks, over several days, with options to sleep in rural Churches and visit rustic country pubs. Full details of the walks and booking details will be published here on the NDW National Trail website as the programme evolves.
The Trail runs for 150 miles in total, with a loop section in Kent. The total distance from Farnham to Dover is 125 miles via Wye, or 130 miles via Canterbury. Think what an achievement that would be to complete the full distance! Or more modestly you could start with the Surrey sections, which together add up to some 50 miles, and can be managed with returns by train.
What we can tell you now is that Mole Valley Ramblers will be offering three linear walks as part of these celebrations, two being during our Spring Walks Festival and organised in partnership with the Surrey Hills Society. A fourth walk will be led by East Surrey Walkers. The aim is to cover all the Surrey sections of the NDW, i.e. between Farnham and Oxted, with a final celebratory event at Botley Hill Farmhouse, which is renowned for its excellent cream teas! The dates for MV walks are:
|Sat 24 March||Farnham to Guildford||12 miles (including return to rail station|
|Sat 5 May||Dorking to Reigate||10 miles|
|Sun 6 May||Guildford to Dorking||15 miles|
The walk led by East Surrey Walkers will be on Thurs 14 June, covering 12 miles from Reigate to Oxted.
There is also the potential of some Kent sections in future MVR walks, for example on our Midsummer coach trip on 20 June – details coming soon.