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.

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. We can provide transport for the group and bikes between the trail and your accommodation should it be required.

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.

Many cycling groups like to arrange their own accommodation so 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 inns are open as many close between 3 and 6 pm.

If you prefer, we can reserve rooms for you. We charge the price of the rooms plus a fee of £15 per person per night to cover our admin and insurance costs. A deposit of £100 per person is paid when you book with us. The balance is then due 4 weeks before your trip begins.

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.

With our cycling packages you choose two or more services that you would like us to provide. These include group and bicycle transport, luggage and gear transfers each day, cycle rescue, bicycle hire and an accommodation booking service.

Luggage Transfers

Your bags and cycle gear are moved between hotels, inns and B&Bs leaving you to enjoy each day without a heavy pack or cycle panniers.

Prices depend on the distance you intend to cycle each day and the number of bags transported. There are large discounts for group bookings.

Group Transport

With our minibuses and trailers we can transport your group, luggage and bikes from your home or airport to the start and back to your parked cars, home or airport at the end.

Please note that if you require transport only then you need private vehicle hire (a taxi service), which we are unable to provide unfortunately.

Bicycle Hire

We can deliver quality mountain bikes, helmets, handlebar bags and repair kits to Farnham and collect them from you at the end in Dover.

Please note that the cycle hire service is available when booking at least one other service, bag transfers or group transport for example, read more...

Trail Support

For large groups we can provide full trail support where a driver, minibus and bike trailer follow the group each day providing assistance when needed.

The driver is first aid trained and is able to help with mechanical repairs to your bikes. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided and your personal gear is stored in the vehicle.

Hotel Reservations

See the Hotels & Inns section for accommodation options, TripAdvisor reviews and to check availability and prices.

If you prefer, we can reserve rooms for you. We charge the price of the rooms plus a fee of £15 pppn to cover our admin and insurance costs. A deposit of £100 per person is paid. The balance is due 4 weeks before your trip begins.

Cycle Rescue

We provide an emergency roadside repair and recovery service. We can also transport you and your bikes to your hotel if weather conditions prevent you completing the ride.

The cost of the service depends on the distances and time involved. Should you run into difficulties please call our 24 hour support line for assistance, read more...

There is parking at the start of the trail in Farnham. We can meet you at your parked car or accommodation to collect your luggage. At the end of your ride we can collect the group, bikes and luggage from Canterbury or Dover and drop you back at your car. The journey time between Dover and Farnham for a minibus pulling a trailer is approximately 2 hours 15 minutes although this varies depending on the time of day.

Tell us about the trip you are planning and the services that you would like us to provide. We will then confirm availability and provide prices.

The Trail

  • Distance: 129 miles / 208 kms
  • Ascent: 11,194 feet / 3412 metres
  • Duration: 2-3 days
  • Start point: Farnham, Surrey
  • End point: Dover, Kent

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