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Long Distance Walks in the Canterbury district

If you fancy a challenge why not try a long distance walk through the Canterbury countryside and stay over night, alternatively dip in and just walk as much or as little as you want. The walks below are all 22 miles and above. Full details for all the walks can be found on the Explore Kent website by clicking on the links.

view across fields to a church on the Elham Valley Way walk

Elham Valley Way

Distance: 22.5 miles
Route type: Linear
Start Town: Hythe

Follow this 22.5 mile route as it meanders through hidden byways, ancient woodland and attractive villages surrounded by parkland, orchards and farmsteads. 

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north downs way signpost and thatched cottage in the Canterbury countryside

North Downs Way National Trail

Distance: 153 mile
Route type: Linear
Start town: Farnham

The 153 mile North Downs Way National Trail offers spectacular views and a fascinating heritage, passing through the Surrey Hills and the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

 

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Saxon Shore Way waymarker

Saxon Shore Way

Distance: 160 miles
Route type: Linear
Start town: Gravesend

Imagine stepping back in time and discovering the coastline of the Garden of England as it stood more than 1,600 years ago. 

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bridge across the river stour in Canterbury

Stour Valley Walk

Distance: 58 miles
Route type: Linear
Start town: Lenham

Follow the route of the River Stour from its source at Lenham, in the heart of the Garden of England, to the historic city of Canterbury and down to the Straits of Dover near Pegwell Bay.

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Via Francigena kilometre zero stone in Canterbury

Via Francigena

Distance: 1,200 miles
Route type: Linear
Start town: Canterbury

Via Francigena is the ancient route from Canterbury to Rome, followed by archbishops travelling to receive from the Pope their symbols of authority as well as ordinary pilgrims en route to Rome or onward to Jerusalem.

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