Author Topic: The North Downs Way - April 2018  (Read 1173 times)

bricam2096

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The North Downs Way - April 2018
« on: 21:06:46, 06/05/18 »
I recently spent 7 days walking the North Downs Way between Farnham and Dover and have now added it to my website. (video still to come), feel free to "like/share" etc etc and point out any errors...

http://www.brians-walks.co.uk/north-downs-way.html

I really enjoyed this walk, the only downside to it possibly being the traffic noise which seemed to be in my ears all the journey but that's understandable given where the walk is situated (maybe earphones if I do it again). It wasn't busy with walkers (apart from the weekend and dog walkers) and the paths were all good and hardly any mud to be found.

People mention a lot of time spent in woodland which is true but in April when I walked it, the bluebells were out in force and very colourful indeed, meaning that the woodland paths for me were more enjoyable to what they might be later in the year.

I would certainly do it again but if I was to compare it to the South Downs Way walk that I did at the same time the previous year, I'd have to say I preferred the SDW more, mainly because you spend more time with open views and more scenery. It's certainly a good walk and is never far away from villages, shops and transport options.

A few photos...

At the start of the North Downs Way in Farnham




Woodland paths would be a common feature on the North Downs Way




St. Martha's Church




The metal Millenium Stones in Gatton park




The wooden cross on Kemsing Down overlooking Kemsing




The Bluebells on the North Downs Way were very colourful




Walking through a rapeseed field before Wrotham




The tree carving in Westfield Wood





The chalk war memorial cross above Lenham





The Battle of Britain memorial near Dover





The end of the North Downs Way at Dover sea front


LDWs done - 27 in total including 13 National Trails and 3 C2C

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sunnydale

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Re: The North Downs Way - April 2018
« Reply #1 on: 20:22:49, 07/05/18 »
A nice selection of photos O0
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bricam2096

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Re: The North Downs Way - April 2018
« Reply #2 on: 12:38:42, 16/06/18 »
Just an update to say that I have now added a video report of my North Downs Way walk, you can watch it here...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-IdcJYaiGk


Or to read about it, visit the website at http://www.brians-walks.co.uk/north-downs-way.html
LDWs done - 27 in total including 13 National Trails and 3 C2C

Wainwrights 173
www.brians-walks.co.uk

adalard

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Re: The North Downs Way - April 2018
« Reply #3 on: 12:54:26, 16/06/18 »
Enjoyed the blog report very much, Bricam.  O0 


Interesting to see all the different sculptures (art and memorials) you passed along the way - I like the Millenium Stones especially. And some beautiful scenery as well, of course. Castle Hill is one of those hills that cries out to be climbed as soon as you see it.  :)

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Re: The North Downs Way - April 2018
« Reply #4 on: 16:31:01, 16/06/18 »
Thanks Bricam. After watching The North Downs video I then watched your Tour du Mont Blanc one. I've managed to do it both ways and it bought back lots of memories. For me, in so many ways the best hike of all!

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Re: The North Downs Way - April 2018
« Reply #5 on: 18:54:20, 16/06/18 »
HI Bricam,
I enjoyed your blog report too.  The pictures tell the story well, and the last day looked really good, something to keep in my back pocket if I'm ever down that way.

Cheers.  O0 O0