GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Canterbury to Dover Walk

20 miles (32 km)

This walk takes you from the cathedral city of Canterbury to the famous port of Dover. The route runs for a distance of about 20 miles along a section of the North Downs Way.
The route starts in the city centre near the famous cathedral, where you can pick up the North Downs Way. The waymarked path leads you south east towards St Augustine's Abbey which is worth a small detour from the path. The abbey ruins date from the 6th century and are now owned by English Heritage.
The route then leaves the city and heads out into the countryside toward Patrixbourne and then onto the village of Bridge where you will pass the noteworthy Higham Park. Here you will find aGrade II listedneoclassicalstyle house and gardens. The Palladian fronted house dates from the mid 18th century.
The next stage takes you through Womenswold to Shepperdswell. At ashley you turn south toward Pineham before coming into Dover. Here you can extend your walk by visiting the fascinating Dover Castle or visiting the famous White Cliffs on the Dover Cliffs Walk.

Canterbury to Dover Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Canterbury to Dover Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just east of Canterbury you can visit the Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve which boasts the largest reedbeeds in the South East of England. This area also includes the lovely Grove Ferry Walk which starts at the eastern end of the reserve. There's a car park, picnic area, boat trips and a fine riverside pub here. At the western end of the reserve you'll also find the Westbere Marshes and the noteworthy town of Fordwich. Fordwich is notable as Britain's smallest town and also has a great pub with a dining terrace overlooking the Stour.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


St Augustine's Abbey, Canterbury, Kent - - 41912

The remains of St Augustine's Abbey in Canterbury. It was founded by St Augustine in about 598AD to mark the success of his mission to restore Christianity to England. Many of the Kings of Kent and early Archbishops of Canterbury are buried there. After the Dissolution of the Monasteries Henry VIII converted part of it to a royal palace (left end of picture). The site is now owned by English Heritage.

Patrixbourne Oast, The Street, Patrixbourne, Kent - - 1385586

Patrixbourne Oast, The Street, Patrixbourne, Kent

Higham Park, Bridge, Kent - - 123345

Higham Park, Bridge, Kent

North Downs Way, Waldershare Park - - 1208755

North Downs Way, Waldershare Park. The wood on the right hand part of the horizon is The Wilderness.

Dover Eastern Docks

The Eastern Docks in thePort of Dover, England with the coast of France visible the other side on theEnglish Channelon the horizon. This is the busiest cross-channel port and one of the busiest passenger ports in the world.

Dover Castle from the north

A northern view ofDover Castleshowing the Great Tower, the Inner Curtain Wall, the Godsfoe Tower, the Treasurer's Tower and the Constable's Gate. The castle is a grade Ilisted building

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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