The final hike on the North Down’s Way was far more interesting than yesterday’s dull section. But, sadly, the trail’s end in Dover is a bit of fiasco.
I’ve been walking this route with Katharine and Romi since January, inspired by the section of it at the start of the Downs Link path. We continued in February, April and June before finishing this weekend. While weekend walks are easier to schedule than complete hikes, they are hard work. There is a lot of car shuffling and I miss being able to just walk from a B&B onto the trail.
At the start of the walk, it looked like it was going to another trudge through empty fields.
Soon we found ourself walking through some cornfields, which was much more exciting. The sky was cloudy, but the day was warm and dry.
I decided not to use the gate here. Romi claims that this means I didn’t complete the actual North Downs Way.
In this field a cow stood on the path. Katharine and I have had some bad experiences in cattle fields. These cows were quite calm, although passing through was tense.
Just like yesterday, one of the road names appeared to be a metafictional comment on the walk. Five miles to go!
Can you see where the signpost is in the scene below? It took us a while. I’m not sure how many people actual walk the North Downs Way. We met very few people, and some parts of the trail were hard to follow.
On the last few hundred yards, the North Downs Way takes in this scenic car park. Dover is a discordant note at the end of the trail – it’s not a pleasant place to visit.
The end of the trail is almost as bad as the Limestone Way, which concluded with just a one-armed signpost. He we reached the end point in Market Square to find no mention of the trail. We had to google the Rambling Man website to find out that the trail end had moved to the seafront.
We found it in the end, and ate salted caramel icecream on the seashore. Then we had coffee and drove home.
It took a couple of hours to drive home. Along the M25 I passed a section of the walk from February. I’ve enjoyed the project of walking this trail over the last nine months. The question is: what next?If you want to follow what I'm up to, sign up to my mailing list