An open group walk organised by Walk Awhile Walking Holidays - in conjunction with the North Downs Way 40th Anniversary Celebrations.

  • 9.45am
  • £25
  • Lenham

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.

Lenham to Wye Walk

An open group walk organised by Walk Awhile Walking Holidays – in conjunction with the North Downs Way 40th Anniversary Celebrations.

Join us for the first leg of walks over the bank holiday weekend, with Saturday’s group led by Walk Awhile as we follow the North Downs Way from Lenham to Wye.

MEET: at the public car park in Lenham square at 9.45am.   The Square, Lenham, Kent, ME17 2PQ.  Parking is also available at the back of the Dog & Bear Inn in the centre of Lenham. The walk start point is a half mile walk from Lenham train station for those arriving by public transport.

DISTANCE: 12 miles

At the beginning of the walk, the group will visit the Lenham Tithe Barn which was built in 1350. Heading up onto the top of the North Downs, we will be exploring some of Kent’s most picturesque countryside via the ancient trackway of the Pilgrims’ Way. On arrival at Eastwell Manor country park early afternoon, we will visit the ruins of St Mary’s Church, where the illegitimate son of Richard III is believed to be buried.

After a short rest and a packed lunch besides the ruins of St Mary’s Church, the group will pass through Boughton Lees, with the optional refreshment possible at a local Inn. We will then head down towards the village of Wye, visiting the Pilgrims’ Porch at Boughton Aluph Church along the way- a meeting place for medieval Pilgrims who reputedly gathered in numbers at the porch before braving the depths of Kings Wood.  Arriving in Wye about 4pm for a well-earned rest or refreshment at one of the village pubs or cafes.

Hourly trains run from Wye train station to Lenham for those needing to collect cars from starting point. Wye train station has direct links to Canterbury, Ashford international and London for those departing on public transport.

Saturday’s walk is led by Walk Awhile tracker Jack Bright.  Equipment checklist: Packed lunch, Bottle of water, Walking shoes or boots, Weather appropriate clothing- be prepared with hats and sun cream for a warm weekend or waterproof jackets and trousers if we have rain.

Walkers who would like to walk with their dog should contact us in advance to discuss options.

Don’t hesitate to contact us at if you have any questions concerning this walk.

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