Things to do in the North Downs
The North Downs Way
The North Downs Way is a National Trail which runs from Farnham in Surrey to Dover in Kent, following the highest point of the North Downs wherever possible, with a loop at the eastern end to take in the historic Cathedral City of Canterbury. It is 153 miles long and will take about 12 days. However, there are shorter circular walks in Kent which can be completed in a day ( http://explorekent.org ). Much of the route follows the Pilgrims Way.
You may also wish to check out the Chalk & Channel Way which is a walking and cycle route between Dover and Folkestone.
There are numerous opportunities to explore the Kent Downs area by horse. The Ride Kent brochure http://www.kentdowns.org.uk/uploads/documents/ride-kent.pdf gives details of equestrian facilities inc. riding/pony clubs, carriage clubs, schools and riding for the disabled.
The Kent Downs AONB is a farmed landscape that takes great pride in the quality of it’s produce. You will find real flavour of beer, cider, juices, lamb, pork, beef, fresh vegetables, salads, cheeses and preserves in local shops, pubs, restaurants and B&Bs.
Cut down your food miles and help preserve our food heritage for future generations!
40 Special Places
The national significance of the Kent Downs was formerly recognised in 1968 when the Kent part was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Follow this link to discover 40 special places to visit http://www.kentdowns.org.uk/40-places
The Cinque Ports
The ‘head ports’ of Hastings, Romney, Hythe, Dover and Sandwich have served as busy fishing, trading and later as naval ports and dockyards. The unique confederation formed the original force behind England’s maritime power with Rye and Winchelsea also becoming head ports in their own right around the C12th.
http://www.whitecliffscountry.org.uk has a range of things to do, eating and drinking places and maps.
Please ask us for more information or for ideas on where to visit during your stay.