North Downs Way

Almost 130 miles of spectacular scenery, picturesque villages and glorious rolling countryside through the Surrey Hills and Kent Downs Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty from Farnham on the Hampshire/Surrey border to white sea cliffs of Dover in Kent.

The North Downs Way is predominantly a footpath although there are sections of bridleways that riders can use. Many different cycle routes have been created. The trail we suggest follows closely the National Trail, only deviating at sections where cycling is not permitted.

Some groups prefer to end their ride in Canterbury, which is the end of the Pilgrims' Way - the historic trail on which the North Downs Way is based, as it is a pleasant city to enjoy the final evening. Purists however, will want to continue the extra 18 miles to the coast at Dover.

  • 129 miles / 208 kms
  • 11,194 feet / 3412 metres
  • 2-3 days
  • Farnham - Dover

Almost all cyclists ride west to east as the wind is usually (but not always) behind you and finishing at the sea is a terrific end to your trip. However you can of course start in Dover and finish in Farnham.


We have carefully designed two and three day itineraries for groups cycling the whole trail from Farnham to Dover and those wanting to end in Canterbury. The distances shown are a guide only and will vary depending on the accommodation you book.

St Andrews Church, Farnham, Surrey, England

Farnham to Dover - 129 miles / 208 kms

2 Days
      Farnham to Wrotham - 60 miles / 97 kms
      Wrotham to Dover - 69 miles / 111 kms
3 Days
      Farnham to Oxted - 45 miles / 72 kms
      Oxted to Wye - 55 miles / 89 kms
      Wye to Dover - 32 miles / 52 kms

Rochester Cathedral, Rochester, Kent, England

Farnham to Canterbury - 111 miles / 179 kms

2 Days
      Farnham to Wrotham - 60 miles / 97 kms
      Wrotham to Canterbury - 51 miles / 82 kms
3 Days
      Farnham to Reigate - 37 miles / 60 kms
      Reigate to Rochester - 37 miles / 60 kms
      Rochester to Canterbury - 40 miles / 64 kms

We have mapped a 34 mile route that joins Winchester to Farnham. The Wessex Crossing, which starts on the west coast at Weston Super Mare, ends in Winchester. By combining the Wessex Crossing, the trail from Winchester to Farnham and the North Downs Way you can cycle from coast to coast across southern England.

There is parking at the start of the trail in Farnham. The journey time by road back from Dover to Farnham for a minibus pulling a trailer is approximately 2 hours 15 minutes although this varies depending on the time of day.

Hotels & Inns

We have listed some of the better hotels and inns with links to TripAdvisor where you can read customer reviews and check prices and availability.

When booking accommodation ask if there is secure storage for your bikes and the time breakfast is served in the morning. All should be able to provide packed lunches. For those starting late or cycling long distances, check when evening meals end. If you plan to arrive mid afternoon check that the country inns are open as many close between 3 and 6 pm.

Farnham is a compact, fairly attractive town with a range of restaurants and pubs. There are good road links to Farnham and it is on the train line from London Waterloo via Woking. Between Farnham and Canterbury there are some beautiful and historically interesting towns and villages to stop at including Guildford, Rochester and Wye.