Photographer's Note

The North Downs Way is a 153 mile (246km) long distance national footpath system that begins at Farnham in Surrey and ends at Dover in Kent. There are two alternative routes on the eastern portion, one of which takes you through Canterbury and coincides with portions of the Pilgrims Way, which is part of the route taken by the characters in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.

There exist several hundred thousand miles of public rights of way in the UK, with 4500 miles in Kent alone. There are actually three classes of rights of way of which the first two categories are prohibited to motorized traffic: footpaths for walkers only, bridleways for walkers, cyclists and horseback riders, and byways which are sometimes called "green lanes" or minute farm roads where all have to share. Many of these rights of way have been in existence for many centuries and some have been in constant use for over 2000 years.

Year after year of walking these paths I am struck by the tiny handful of people I run into on these adventures. Unless one visits the town or city, this island of over 59 million people seems deserted when travelling the rural paths. The welcoming glow and fellowship one finds at the local village pub after a hard day's walk provides ample reward - particularly if one is wet and soggy after a downpour!

Scanned and cropped. Neat image to clean up sky noise. Minor PP to restore clarity.

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Additional Photos by John Cherrington (john_c) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4079 W: 52 N: 5746] (24666)
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