North Downs Way For Mountain Biking

The 12th most popular mountain bike trail in UK.


  July 9, 2016

In southeastern England south of London, the 153 mile North Downs Way runs east-west along the Kent Downs and Surrey Hills between Dover in Kent and Farnham in Surrey. Theres also lots of woodland singletrack in the steep sided hills of the North Downs.

The North Downs Way National Trail is amountain bike route that follows ancient trackways along the chalk ridges and wooded downland of Surrey and Kent through Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, grazing the southern edge of greater London and ending at the celebrated White Cliffs, with an optional loop via Canterbury. It was opened as a National Trail in 1978. For much of its length the Way parallels the oldmountain bike route known as the Pilgrims Way between Winchester and Canterbury. Much of the traditionalmountain bike route of the Pilgrims Way is now part of the modern road network and walkers wishing to follow it are advised to use the North Downs Way as an alternative. At Farnham the St Swithun s Way (54.5km/34 miles) continues through the Itchen Valley to Winchester. From here the Pilgrims Trail follows another old pilgrimsmountain bike route to Portsmouth via the Forest of Bere (45km/28 miles): this is the British section of amountain bike route between Winchester and Mont St Michel, Normandy, a total of 248km/155 miles including the sea crossing. The 24km/15-mile Thames Down Link connects the Thames Path and London LOOP at Kingston via the attractive river Hogsmill and Epsom Common with the North Downs Way at the famous beauty spot of Box Hill. Thismountain bike route interconnects on the edge of greater London with the Chessington Countryside Walk, a circular 8km/5-milemountain bike route through downs and woodland at Epsom Common and Horton Country Park. The 193km section between Guildford and Dover is part of European path E2.

The North Downs Way runs parallel to South Downs Way, which is about 35 miles south. There is a link to it called Downs Link.

Overall, North Downs Way is the 12th most popular mountain bike trail of all 93 mountain biking rides in UK.

Local Contacts:  Dorking TIC 01306-879327; British Tourism (800) 462-2748.

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Breakfast Restaurant:  Rykers Cafe, Dorking

Date Published:  5/21/2016

Date Updated:  7/9/2016

ID:  11590

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