North Downs Way Accommodation and Other Services
RambleFest displays details of North Downs Way accommodation, camping, where to eat and drink, guidebooks and maps, and public transport. We also include an Ordnance Survey map link for each location along the route for which we have service details. Please refer to the North Downs Way Accommodation, Services and Mileage Table (below) for places visited along the route. By clicking on any location, the Ordnance Survey map for that location can be opened and dragged (and re-sized) to follow the route of the Way.
The North Downs Way begins at Farnham in Surrey and finishes at Dover in Kent.
Just past the village of Boughton Lees in Kent there is the option of taking the northern or southern route to Dover.
The longer northern route passes through Canterbury before turning down to finish at Dover. The shorter southern route takes the walker on a much more direct path from Boughton Lees to Dover.
North Downs Way Accommodation, Services and Mileage Table
Please click on a location to open the page displaying North Downs Way Accommodation, Camping, Pub and Restaurant information for that location.
An Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 map link has been included at each location; once the link is clicked, the map can be dragged and the scale adjusted. For each service an address and contact number is given, and wherever possible that service’s proximity to the Way.
A note on milages:
For the route from Farnham to Boughton Lees and then the longer northern route, we have used information in the Trailblazer guide North Downs Way by John Curtin. Interestingly, though, the added individual distances between points come to appreciably more than the total distance he quotes for the walk, even accounting for the round up or down of fractions of miles. We think the individual distances are correct, and that the total length he uses is the usually agreed length of 131 miles. Unfortunately, the guide pays little regard to the southern option, and so for that option we have used our own estimates in conjunction with the Nation Trail Guide North Down Way by Neil Curtis and Jim Walker. Both are excellent guides for the North Downs Way.
NOTE: Figures after the `+’ sign in the table belowo indicates miles off route. Legend is at the end of the page.
|Puttenham||6½||Camping, Pub, Restaurant|
|Compton||8¼||B&B, Pub, Restaurant|
|Guildford||13¼ + 1||All Services|
|Chilworth||14¾ + 1¼||Pub, Train, Bus|
|Albury||15¾ + 1¼||Inn, Pub|
|Shere||18¾ + ¾||Hotel, B&B, Pub, Restaurant|
|Gomshall||19¾ + 1¼||Hotel, Pub, Restaurant, Train, Bus|
|Tanners Hatch YHA||23¾ + ¾||Youth Hostel (YHA)|
|Westcott||25¾ + 1¼||B&B, Pub, Restaurant|
|Westhumble||28¼ + ½||Pub, Train, Bus|
|Dorking||28¼ + 1||All Services|
|Box Hill Village||30¼ + 1||Pub|
|Betchworth||31¼ + ¼||Hotel, B&B, Pub, Restaurant,|
|Reigate Hill||34¾||Hotel, Restaurant|
|Merstham||38¼||Hotel, Pub, Train, Bus|
On The Hill
|Oxted||46¼||Hotel, B&B, Pub, Restaurant,|
|Botley Hill||48¼||Pub, Restaurant|
|Tatsfield||49½ + ¾||Pub|
|Westerham||50½ + 1¼||Hotel, B&B, Pub, Restaurant|
|Knockholt||53¼ + ¼||Pub|
|Knockholt Pound||54½ + ½||Pub|
|Dunton Green||56½||Hotel, Pub, Restaurant|
|Otford||58¼||B&B, Pub, Restaurant, Train,|
|Kemsing||60 + ½||B&B, Pub, Train|
|Trottiscliffe||66¼ + 1||PH, Bus|
|Ryarsh||68¼ + 1¼||Hotel, B&B, Pub|
|Cuxton||73||B&B, Pub, Restaurant, Train,|
|Rochester||75¼ + 1½||All Services|
|Burham Common||77¾||Pub, Restaurant|
|Boxley||82¾ + ¾||B&B, Pub|
|Detling||84¼||B&B, Camping, Pub|
|Thurnham||85¾||Hotel, B&B, Camping|
|Hollingbourne||89¾||B&B, Pub, Restaurant, Train,|
|Harrietsham||92 + ¾||Hotel, B&B, Pub, Restaurant,|
|Lenham||94½ + ½||Hotel, Pub, Restaurant, Train,|
|Westwell||101||B&B, Camping, Pub|
|Boughton Lees||103||Hotel, Restaurant|
|Chilham||108¾||Hotel, B&B, Pub, Restaurant,|
|Old Wives Lees||109¾||B&B, Pub|
|Chartham Hatch||112¼||Hotel, B&B, Pub, Restaurant,|
|Bridge||119½ + ½||Hotel, B&B, Pub, Restaurant|
|Shepherdswell||126¼||B&B, Pub, Train, Bus|
|Coldred||126½ + ¾||B&B, Pub|
|Dover||135¼||Hotel, B&B, Pub, Restaurant,|
Alternative North Downs Way Route from Boughton Lees to Dover:
|Wye||1¾||Inn, B&B, Pub,|
Restaurant, Train, Bus
|Hastingleigh||6 + 1||B&B, Pub, Restaurant|
|Capel-le-Ferne||119½||Inn, Camping, Pub, Restaurant|
|Dover||25¾||Hotel, B&B, Pub, Restaurant,|
Camping Shop, Train, Bus
North Downs Way Guidebooks and Maps
Notes on North Downs Way Accommodation
We have listed the accommodation for each location in our North Downs Way Accommodation, Services and Mileage Table below. Simply click on a location to open the page displaying the details of accommodation, camping, pubs, restaurants and public transport available at that location, including addresses and contact info
We display a wide range of North Downs Way accommodation type: B&B, Guest House, Hotel, Inn, Hostel, Self catering, camping, etc., but inevitably in some locations the accommodation is limited. Not all accommodation will offer evening meals; this needs to be ascertained with the individual landlords. B&B (Bed and Breakfast) is almost always within the same house, farm, etc. as the people who run it. Guest Houses are usually expected to be grander than B&B, but are not necessarily so. Hotels are grander still, and with the expected higher cost, although there is a range of hotel quality. Hostels offer the most basic of accommodation above Bunk-House and Camping, and are therefore among the cheapest. Quite often some cleaning is required on the part of the resident.
We have included Camping, although there are relatively few official campsites. We advise telephoning the individual sites for info on facilities. Also, it may well be worth telephoning farmhouse B&B to enquire about camping.
We are always looking to improve our information, and welcome North Downs Way accommodation recommendations.
North Downs Way Restaurants and Pubs
Some ramblers will be content to stay in their B&B in the evening and relax. Others will want to explore the villages and towns and sample the pubs and restaurants. Luckily, many pubs serve good food, and at a reasonable cost. As mentioned above, there is plenty of stopping points along the North Downs way, whether for food or drink, and we have attempted to give as much information as possible on pubs and restaurants, especially regarding pubs serving real ale and/or food. However, restaurants and pubs are notoriously changeable. Please let us know if our information is out of date.
Please refer to the North Downs Way Accommodation, Services and Mileage Table (below) for pubs, restaurants and other services along the Way.
Restaurants and pubs are notoriously changeable. Please let us know if our information is out of date.
Recognising that many will walk the North Downs Way in separate stages, we have included public transport information wherever possible for each location (please refer to the North Downs Way Accommodation, Services and Mileage Table below). If there is a lack of transport information for a particular area, the following website shoud prove useful:
North Downs Way Websites
National Trail: The North Downs Way
Being an official long-distance footpath, the North Downs Way has the luxury of an official website. This has valuable up-to-date information and footpath news, and is packed with goodies, including GPS info.
Kev and Liz Walking Places: North Downs Way
This is a detailed personal log of the walk, with plenty of photographs. Another excellent appetizer for the walk.
North Downs Way Photographs and Logs
We want to display as many photographs as possible of the North Downs Way, and there is always room for your photographs and walk logs – just email them to us. Alternatively, if you have them online you can send us the link.
North Downs Way Updates and Recommendations
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