South East England

Bluebells at Farthing Common, Kent (North Downs Way)

Here, South East England covers the area east and south of a rough line linking Kings Lynn, Peterborough, Kemble, Marlborough and Southampton, including the Isle of Wight but excluding Greater London.

This area contains five National Trails: these are

There are many routes sponsored or promoted by local authorities, including the Essex Way, the Greensand Way in Kent and Surrey, and the Saxon Shore Way. The Downs Link route, managed by West Sussex County Council, is an important link between the South Downs Way and the North Downs Way, extended at each end to Shoreham-by-Sea and Guildford: it also crosses the Greensand Way and the Sussex Border Path.

In addition, many routes have been devised by individuals and groups. These include the Chiltern Way(s), the d’Arcy Dalton Way, and the Vanguard Way. Two such routes merit individual attention: the Wessex Ridgeway (actually in the South West England area)  and the Icknield Way Trail bookend The Ridgeway to provide a complete route linking the South West Coast Path at Lyme Regis with the southern end of the Peddar’s Way at Knettishall Heath, following one of the oldest trade routes in the country and, with that last, forming a complete coast-to-coast route from the English Channel to the North Sea.

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