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Trail Facts

Total distance: 123 miles (197 km)
Duration: 4 nights, 3 days running
Minimum daily distance: 38.5 miles (61.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 43.5 miles (69.5 km)
Code: R-NDWF1

Grade: Strenuous
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Farnham
End of holiday: Dover


Itinerary

Day 1: Travel to Farnham where your first nights accommodation has been booked

Day 2: Farnham to Oxted. 41 miles (66km)

Day 3: Oxted to Detling. 38.5 miles (61.5km)

Day 4: Detling to Dover. 43.5 miles (69.5km)

Day 5: Depart from Dover after breakfast

The itinerary above shows our preferred overnight stops, but if accommodation is not available at any one of these locations, we may alter the itinerary slightly.


Extra nights / rest days

Runners often decide to add additional rest days into their holidays to allow for recovery or further exploration of the local areas. If this appeals to you, the North Downs Way has lots of attractive destinations to stay in along the trail.

The ancient settlement of Farnham is a good choice if you wish to spend an extra day getting to know the area at the start of your holiday. Bordering the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there are plenty of options for exploring the area on foot, while the town centre is home to a range of fine historic buildings and is overlooked by the magnificent Norman Castle and keep. On the outskirts of Farnham are the ruins of Waverley Abbey, while the grounds of Farnham Park, containing a variety of gardens, potteries and galleries, are always available for exploration.

Oxted is another lovely little town with picturesque timber-framed buildings, welcoming pubs and tempting market stalls. This friendly community is always planning or hosting various events, fairs or festivals celebrating the local area, which you could take advantage of by spending an extra day here. If you need to replenish your running kit, there are also a couple of sports shops available in the town to help get you ready for the rest of your run.

There is also a wide variety of things to see and do in the trail?s final stop at Dover. With stunning unspoilt coastline and fantastic countryside, this area is a playground for lovers of the great outdoors; here you can try your hand at activities such as horse riding, paragliding, fishing and even motor racing, or simply enjoy a walk around the local area before relaxing on the beach. There is also a vast range of amenities including shops, cafes and restaurants, as well as several leisure centres and health spas if you need a well-earned massage to help your muscles recover from your fantastic trail running holiday.


What's included?

  • 4 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms with private bathrooms (where available) in selected hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night, town plans, information about facilities and places of interest along the trail and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.
  • Emergency assistance.

Travel Information

Air

The most convenient international airports for the start of the trail are Heathrow Airport and London Gatwick Airport.

Rail

There is a railway station at the start of the trail (Farnham) and at the end of the trail (Dover).

From London - There are regular train routes between Gatwick and Heathrow Airport, to Farnham. From Dover, trains run regularly between Dover Priory railway station and Gatwick or Heathrow Airports.

Car

For advice on driving to the start of the trail, please visit www.theaa.com which has a very useful route planner.

Returning to the start

The easiest way to return to the start of the trail (Farnham) is by train from Dover Priory to Farnham, usually via transfers at London Waterloo (East) and London Waterloo.

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