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The North Downs Way from Dover to Canterbury is part of an ancient pilgrim route called the Via Francigena with historic and religious significance. The modern day route takes you through the Kent Downs AONB and is shaping up to become an art trail that extends all the way to Surrey. The wonders of the North Downs Way include Monumenta Romana at Waldershare, After the Black Gold at Woolage and Sedile Francigena at Barham. Discover these wonderful sculptures set against the stunning landscape and learn their story.

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Wonders of the North Downs Way – walk from Canterbury to Dover and wonder at the art you’ll see

The North Downs Way from Dover to Canterbury is part of an ancient pilgrim route called the Via Francigena with historic and religious significance. The modern day route takes you through the Kent Downs AONB and is shaping up to become an art trail that extends all the way to Surrey. The wonders of the North Downs Way include Monumenta Romana at Waldershare, After the Black Gold at Woolage and Sedile Francigena at Barham. Discover these wonderful sculptures set against the stunning landscape and learn their story.

Via Francigena signpost
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Walk the North Downs Way (Via Francigena) from Canterbury to Shepherdswell

Via Francigena (Road from France) is the 1200 mile (2000 km) ancient pilgrims’ route from England, through France and Switzerland to Rome.

You can walk part of this ancient route, starting at Canterbury Cathedral. This 10 mile walk to Shepherswell takes in spectacular scenery, picturesque villages and glorious countryside.

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Outside of The Sawyers Pub
LunchPlaces to EatFood & Drink

The Bell Inn, Shepherdswell or The Two Sawyers, Woolage Green

The Bell Inn, offers simple snacks, such as pork pies, ploughman’s & pasties, which can be eaten in or as a take-away.

The Two Sawyers is a traditional country pub, in the beautiful rural hamlet of Woolage Green.

The Bell InnThe Two Sawyers
Monumenta Romana sculpture
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Walk the North Downs Way (Via Francigena) from Shepherdswell to Dover

Via Francigena (Road from France) is the 1200 mile (2000 km) ancient pilgrims’ route from England, through France and Switzerland to Rome.

You can continue walk part of this ancient route from Shepherdswell to Dover, which is 8.5 miles. This art trail includes Monumenta Romana: a sculpture inspired by The Belvedere, an 18th century ’folly’ visible from the Waldershare Estate and Sedile Francigena on Barham Downs.

There are a total of eight art installations planned for 2023 on the Via Francigena art trail.

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Il Rustico restaurant food
Dinner/TeaFood & DrinkPlaces to Eat

The Dover Patrol or Il Rustico

Il Rustico is a family run Italian restaurant, offering such dishes as homemade lasagna al forno and risotto funghi e asparagi.

The Dover Patrol offers traditional English seaside Fish and Chips with stunning views over the English Channel.

Il Rustico The Dover Partrol
Marquis room and bathroom
Accommodation optionsPlaces to StayAccommodation

Chilton Farmyard B&B or The Marquis of Granby, Alkham

The Chilton Farmyard B&B (££) cottages overlook the garden courtyard, within a small family run farm. Dog friendly, with walks on the doorstep.

The Marquis of Granby (££) is a gem in the heart of the Alkham Valley. It has a range of stylish rooms all with super king or queen beds. From quirky to quaint and romantic, each room offers a comfortable and cosy stay.

Chilton Farmyard B&B The Marquis of Granby

Travel

Train – Southeastern run the train line from Canterbury to Dover.

Bus – Canterbury and Dover have bus services. The route between both is bus route 15.

Parking – both towns have several car parks.

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