Forward to Walking the North Downs Way. The page details my walk of 2013-14, all stages being undertaken by public transport from my then east London home.
One cavil. Busy roads like the M25 and A2 intrude too often; not the planners’ fault, they either weren’t there, or were much quieter, when the route was first developed.
Transport and logistics
Boxhill & Westhumble station
Along the Way, there is a good variety of accommodation (including campsites) for those who want to stay on route. I only had one overnight, in Canterbury, though it wasn’t strictly necessary – just a chance to have a night away with my loved one as we walked the inland loop together.
Every stage apart from Chilworth (once), Borstal and Folkestone ended at a rail station. Rail times are easy to check from National Rail. For bus times I use Traveline but rather than rely on the sometimes clunky ‘plan a journey’ I use the ‘find a timetable’ link for the village.
Chilworth: the return to Chilworth worked out better to me by the hourly bus 32 from Guildford rather than the more sporadic train.
Borstal: half-hourly bus 155 to Rochester, or an extra two miles’ walk.
Folkestone: frequent bus 16/16A/73/91 from Alkham Valley Corner, or an extra two miles’ walk.