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9 reasons to walk the North Downs Way

9 reasons to walk the north downs way

The North Downs Way is a 150 mile National Trail between Farnham in Surrey to Dover on the Kent coast.

Most of it can be easily completed in day hikes from London, using train stations.

Here are a few reasons to walk this great trail.

1. Experiencing classic Downland walking.

North Downs, Kent, EnglandNorth Downs, Kent, England by Dimitri (licensed under CC BY 2.0)

2. Seeing great views of the surrounding countryside stretching ahead of you

(In this picture, the North Downs are visible along the horizon at the left).

View from North Downs Way towards Kemsing, KentView from the North Downs Way looking towards Kemsing, Kent by Glen (licensed under CC BY 2.0)

3. Walking through many ancient woodlands.

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Beech on the North Downs Way by Leimenide (licensed under CC BY 2.0)

4. Walking through stunning bright yellow rape seed fields.

Upper Bush

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5. Getting a bit of peace and tranquillity… like the section along this river Wey near Guildford.

North Downs Way
North Downs Way by Neiljs (licensed under CC BY 2.0)

6. Feeling amazed at the solitude, despite being so close to London.

Setting off again
Setting off again by Alistair Young (licensed under CC BY 2.0)

7. Walking through bluebell woods in Spring.

Bluebells

8. Knowing you are following ancient paths.

Path through Trosley Country Park

9. That feeling when you finally reach the coast near Dover.

Sunshine

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4 gorgeous weekend hiking escapes from London by train

4 GORGEOUS WEEKEND HIKING ESCAPES FROM LONDON BY TRAIN

Craving a quick hiking escape from the city? Here are 4 SPECIFIC weekend hiking suggestions with TRAIN TICKET DETAILS I’ve researched for you.

I know one of the problems stopping a lot of people from heading off on hiking weekends is the time it takes to RESEARCH and come up with ideas.

Where do I start_

…So I hope this helps give you lots of ideas to get you out of London and into the beautiful British countryside.

(Note: Train ticket prices might have changed by the time you read this post… and obviously if you are flexible about when you travel – i.e. off peak, during the week – you’ll be able to find much cheaper tickets.)

Good luck on your travels!

1) JULY WEEKEND (25-26th): THE LUSCIOUS LAKE DISTRICT

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Take the train to Windermere from London, changing at Oxenholme, then a taxi to Ambleside. Stay in Ambleside or Elterwater overnight. The next day, hop on a bus to Langdale, the classic hiking valley full of iconic Wainwright fells such as Bowfell and the Langdale Pikes. Tackle the easier but still stunning Lingmoor on Sunday, then head home (get the full details in Walk Your Weekends).

Travel by train Friday 24th July, Return Sunday 26th July: £72.50

Have free time but short on cash? Travel on Saturday instead, and return on Monday evening: £40.50

Lakes train friday travel Lakes train Saturday travel

(Train tickets found on Virgin Trains Farefinder)

2) AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY (29 – 31st): CLASSIC YORKSHIRE HIKING

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Travel to Gargrave (via Leeds) on Saturday morning & do a half day walk to Malham. The next day, follow the Pennine Way to Horton in Ribblesdale, climbing one of the famous Yorkshire 3 Peaks on the way. Travel back the next day, or if you can take Tuesday off too, climb the other 2 peaks and return home on Tuesday. (get the full details in Walk Your Weekends)

Train Travel: London to Gargrave Saturday morning (£41.15), return from Horton-in-Ribblesdale Monday 31st (£32.85) or Tuesday 1st September (£15.60):

KX TO GARG TRAIN SAT

HIR TO KX MONDAY

HIR to KX trAIN

(Train tickets found on Virgin Trains East Coast)

ALTERNATIVE OUTBOUND JOURNEY BY COACH: London Victoria Coach Station to Leeds Friday 28th evening (£10.00), stay in Leeds Friday night, TRAIN Leeds to Gargrave Saturday morning (£9.50):

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(Coach tickets found on National Express)

3). SEPTEMBER 12-13th: THE PRACTICALLY PERFECT PEAK DISTRICT

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Head on up to the Peak District via Manchester or Sheffield, change trains and then alight at Bamford. Climb Win Hill & walk the edge of Kinder Scout to reach Edale, where you’ll stay the night. Next day, walk the famous Mam Tor ridge with panoramic views of one of Britain’s most beautiful national parks. (get the full details in Walk Your Weekends)

Return train London to Edale: £74.50

London Edale return

(Source: National Rail)

4) OCTOBER 3 – 4th: THE STUNNING SOUTH DOWNS

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Take a morning train on a Saturday from London to Lewes. From here, head to the downs, and follow them past a sequence of major beauty spots and viewpoints to the village of Alfriston. Stay here overnight, then walk to Eastbourne, taking in the Long Man and the iconic Seven Sisters white cliffs on the way, not to mention famous viewpoints like Beachy Head, Cuckmere Haven and Birling Gap. Take a train back from Eastbourne on Sunday evening. (get the full details in Walk Your Weekends)

Train London to Lewes: £11.00 – £16.00

RETURN: Train Eastbourne to London Victoria: £11.00 – £17.70

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Eastbourne London train

(Source: National Rail)

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A 60 second action to save your hiking memories

When I thought I’d lost all my hiking memories from a wonderful day’s walk in the Brecon Beacons, I was kicking myself.

I’m not saying I’m clumsy, but this was the second time I’d make this mistake.

So it reminded me to pass on this great little tip so it doesn’t happen to you, too!

Watch this short video I made for you about how to make sure you never lose your hiking memories

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