This summer we had committed to two separate, though related hikes. After completing the Cotswold Way in southwestern England, we traveled to an area in the county of Surrey, just south of London, to begin the North Downs Way (aka NDW) which would take us through southeast England to the English Channel. The North Downs Way is roughly a 150 mile trail, beginning in Farnham and finishing on the beaches of Dover, below Dover Castle, passing through the Surrey Hills and Kent Downs “Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty” as they are defined by the English on any map. My preliminary research revealed many points of interest: the historical sites from the Neolithic era through WWII, picturesque villages, thatched cottages, deep green hills scattered with spring wildflowers, cream teas and cakes and finally the white cliffs of Dover. To begin this second leg of the summer’s trek, I was joined for this two-week hike by a long-time friend and fellow cyclist, Nancy, from California. And, not willing to miss the beauty and historical significance of this region, my mother, June, continued from the Cotswold Way with me and again joined us every evening as she followed along in a taxi.

Day 1 Farnham to Guildford

Day 2 Guildford to Dorking

Day 3 Dorking to Merstham

Day 4 Merstham to Westerham Hill

Day 5 Westerham Hill to Wrotham

Day 6 Wrotham to Cuxton

Day 7 Rest Day in Rochester

Day 8 Cuxton to Thurnham

Day 9 Thurnham to Chegworth

Day 10 Chegworth to Boughton Lees

Day 11 Boughton Lees to Canterbury

Day 12 Canterbury to Lower Eythorne

Day 13 Lower Eythorne to Dover

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