The terms 'Long Distance Footpath' and 'National Trail' tend to be used a bit interchangeably although some paths are designated as one whilst others bear the alternative name. They tend to extend into more than one county. This page is concerned with those having part of their lengths within Surrey. Some people choose to walk the entire length in one go, stopping at places along the route, overnight. Others choose to walk them in stages, going home after walking a particular stretch, say at weekends, so staggering the effort over weeks or months. Of course, it is perfectly possible just to walk a section as a one-off experience.
There are three paths which lie partially within Surrey. They are:
The North Downs Way - This starts at Farnham on the Hampshire/Surrey border, leaving the county near Caterham and ultimately links Rochester, Ashford, Folkestone, Dover and Canterbury. Total Length 246 km (153 mi).
The Pilgrims Way - This path links the Cathedral Cities of Winchester and Canterbury. It enters Surrey at Farnham and leaves it near Caterham. It is partly contiguous with the North Downs Way. Total Length 192 km (119 mi).