Pilgrims Passport and Stamps along England’s Pilgrims Way
The Pilgrims’ Way (also Pilgrim’s Way or Pilgrims Way) is England’s ancient pilgrimage route linking both Winchester and London to the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at the Canterbury Cathedral in Kent, England.
To document the route, the Canterbury Cathedral recommends that pilgrims obtain the Pilgrims Passport and collect stamps along the way.
The pilgrim passport is used to record your journey and document your progression along the way. Pilgrims arriving in Canterbury with stamped passports may be given complimentary admission to the Cathedral and shrine of St. Thomas Beckett.
Pilgrim Passports are available from the Cathedrals in Winchester, Southwark (London) and Rochester you may also obtain a passport by mail before beginning your pilgrimage by sending a request with £2 and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:
11 The Precincts
Canterbury, CT1 2EH
Mailed requests should be clearly marked PILGRIM PASSPORT. Please allow 2 weeks for delivery.
WHERE TO OBTAIN PILGRIM STAMPS
Unlike the Camino de Santiago, many establishments do not offer ink stamps along the way; however, a growing number of pubs and churches will stamp your passport along England’s Pilgrims Way, including:
St. Bartholomew, Winchester
St. John the Baptist, Winchester
St. Mary’s, Kingsworthy
St. Mary, Easton
St. John the Baptist, Itchen Abbas
St. Mary’s, Avington
St. Nicholas, Bishop’s Sutton
Church of the Good Shepherd, Four Marks
St. Lawrence, Seale
St. Bartholomew, Wanborough
St. Nicholas, Compton
St. James, Shere
St Katharine, Merstham
St. Mary, Oxted
St. Peters, Limpfield
St. Mary’s, Tatsfield
St Peter and St Paul, Trottiscliffe
All Saints, Snodland
St. George the Martyr, Southwark
The Royal Oak, Southwark
All Saints Church, Blackheath
The Red Lion, Shooters Hill
Woodlands Farm, Shooters Hill
Ye Olde George Inn, Shoreham
St. Alfege, Greenwich
St. Peter & St. Paul, Aylesford
All Saints, Hollingbourne
St. Peter & St. Paul, Ashford
St. Mary, Westwell
All Saints, Boughton Aluph
St. Gregory & St. Martin, Ashford
St. Michael and All Angels, Canterbury
Depending on the time of day or day of the week, some churches may not be open to provide a stamp. Obtaining a stamp or signature from a local merchant or resident may be another option to document your pilgrimage.
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My recent treks include the Camino de Santiago through Portugal and Spain as well as section hiking along the Florida Trail and the Appalachian Trail. In 2020 and 2021, I’m walking the California Missions Trail in the United States, as well as England’s ancient Pilgrims’ Way from London to Canterbury. Afterward, I’ll begin the Via Francigena, the historic way in Europe connecting Canterbury to Rome.