Right back into British and even older times the main direction which commerce and travellers followed across southern and western England to the Straits of Dover and the Continent lay from Canterbury along the southern chalk slope of the North Downs to near Guildford, then by the Hog's Back to Farnham.
In the west above Westerham these hills exceed 800 ft.; to the east the height is much less, but even in Kent (for in Surrey they are higher) the North Downs form a more striking physical feature than their height would indicate.
At a few points, however, as at Gravesend, spurs of the North Downs descend directly upon the shore.
Leith Hill in the North Downs reaches 965 ft., and Butser Hill in the South Downs 889 ft.; Blackdown and Hindhead, two almost isolated masses of high ground lying between the two ranges of the Downs towards their western extremity, are respectively 918 and 895 ft.
The cut edges of the escarpment forming the Hog's Back and North Downs on the north, and the South Downs on the south, meet the sea in the fine promontories of the South Foreland and Beachy Head.
It is situated at the head of the long valley of Holmsdale Hollow, beneath the North Downs.
picturesque hamlet of Warren Street on top of the North Downs above Lenham.
The first steam locomotive to use the newly re-laid track ran in 1996, and was the North Downs Railroad sole operational steam engine.
ser main line to Dover took a weald of Kent route, avoiding towns above the North Downs.
The North Downs supports chalk grassland and Surrey acts as a stronghold for species such as the silver-spotted skipper.
The village of Wrotham is situated below the scarp slope of the North Downs at the edge of the Lower Chalk.
weathering of material overlying the present day Chalk, occur across the North Downs.
The SER main line to Dover took a weald of Kent route, avoiding towns above the North Downs.
Large areas of clay-with-flints, derived from the weathering of material overlying the present day Chalk, occur across the North Downs.
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