Ancient Port to Place of Pilgrimage- A 2 Day Pilgrimage along the Via Francigena from Dover to Canterbury Cathedral

6th April 2018

If you’ve been inspired by the BBC programme “Pilgrimage: The Road to Santiago” here’s a unique opportunity to join local guides on the UK’s only European Pilgrimage route. A two-day walk on the section of the North Downs Way from Dover to Canterbury. An opportunity to experience an historic journey along an ancient trackway used by merchants and pilgrims.  For centuries, Dover has received travellers arriving from the continent.  Many made their way along the North Downs to Canterbury and the pilgrimage site of St. Thomas à Becket’s tomb in the Cathedral.  We shall retrace the physical steps of these pilgrims, travelling in a group as they would have done, sharing in a communal meal and sleeping under the shelter of a church roof.  Step back in time and revive mind and body along the North Downs Way.

May 26th Day 1 - Dover to Shepherdswell including a tour of Maison Dieu, ancient Pilgrim Hostel and St Peters Church, Church Whitfield.

May 27th Day 2 Shepherdswell to Canterbury with visits to the rural Churches of Womenswold and Patrixbourne arriving at the UNESCO World Heritage site of St Martins Church, St Augustines Abbey and Canterbury Cathedral and a locally brewed pint at The Foundry Brew Pub.

May 26th & 27th both days including overnight accommodation & breakfast in St Andrews Church, Shepherdswell and evening meal at the The Bell, Shepherdswell

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