We are pleased to announce the North Downs Way 40th anniversary walks programme, delivered in collaboration with a number of partner organisations.
The walks listed cover the length of the trail so there’s something for everyone whether you want to walk in Surrey, Kent or Medway.
Our walk partners come from a very diverse background and will approach the walks very differently.
Discovering Samuel Palmer’s Earthly Paradise
The 7 mile walk will start at Otford station (we encourage you to travel by train), following the North Downs Way with a short diversion to view the remaining tower of Otford Palace.
The official residence of Archbishop Warham, this building rivalled (and was actually larger than) Hampton Court Palace. Passing the village of Otford, we will follow the Darent Valley Path northward, never straying far from the River Darent, before reaching the village of Shoreham. From here we climb the side of the valley to reveal extensive views, with an opportunity to explore several chalk grassland reserves that are benefitting from the work of the Darent Valley Landscape Partnership.
Finally descend Otford Mount along the North Downs Way to return to Otford Station.
MEET: Otford Railway Station, Otford Station, Station Approach, Otford, Kent, TN14 5QY
LEADER: Darent Valley Landscape Partnership Scheme
DISTANCE: 7 miles
We strongly encourage you travel by train to the walk. Otford Station can be reached easily from London as well as other locations in Kent.
If you must travel by car, parking is available at the station for £1.