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Sign of the Month- The North Downs Way

The North Downs Way follows a chalk ridge across South East England. Beginning at Farnham, Surrey, this National Trail is 153 miles long if taking in both of the alternative routes from Boughton Lees that lead to the finish at Dover, Kent. The main route goes over the Downs to Folkestone and along the sea cliffs. This sign is encountered on the northern alternative that loops up and through the cathedral city of Canterbury. The red chevrons indicates this part of the path has Byway status. There are various restrictions to Byways, this one is a ‘Byway Open to All Traffic’ (BOAT)- pedestrians, cyclists, horseriders and wheeled vehicles, including horse-drawn. 

The upright post has a small, almost unnoticed, sign that indicates this part of the route is shared with the ancient Via Francigena pilgrim route, connecting Canterbury to Rome, via England, France, Switzerland and Italy. In 2004, Via Francigena was recognised as significant and designated a Major Cultural Route by the Council of Europe.


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