Pilgrims’ Way Stages: London to Canterbury

Pilgrims’ Way Stages:  London to Canterbury

The ancient pilgrimage route in England links both Winchester and London to the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at the Canterbury Cathedral in Kent, England. Followed by kings and fabled in literature such as The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, the modern route follows the historic Roman road and parallels the North Downs Way.  Click here to learn more about the history of The Pilgrims’ Way in England. 

One of two prominent starting points, the Pilgrims’ Way from London to Canterbury beigns at Southwark Cathedral and follows 10 stages (as described in Cicerone’s guide book) over 90 miles, with stages broken into lengths of 5 – 14 miles.  All times are per Cicerone and do not include stoppage times for breaks, meals, etc. Hikers may choose to combine stages or alter the course to visit key landmarks along the route.

 

SUGGESTED MAPS / APPS:

Ordnance Survey maps are available for all sections of the Pilgrims’ Way. The Ordnance Survey OS Map app is a good companion to the Cicerone guide book and each stage within the book references the OS maps.

OS MAPS:  Explorer OL32, OL33, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 137, 150, 173, 161, 162

OS MAPS: Landranger 185, 186, 187, 188, 178, 189, 179, 177

 

THE PILGRIM’S WAY STAGES FROM LONDON (90 Miles)

 

Stage 1 Southwark to Shooters Hill

Start:  Southwark Cathedral

Finish:  The Bull, Shooters Hill

Distance:  8.5 mi / 13.6 km

Time:  4 hrs

Maps:  OS Explorer 173, 161 & 162; Landranger 177

 

Note:  Pilgrims wishing to begin at Southwark Cathedral should contact reception in advance o request a formal send-off by the canon-in-residence. Pilgrim passports are available from the cathedral shop. 

 

Stage 2 Shooters Hill to Dartford

Start: The Bull, Shooters Hill

Finish:  Dartford High Street

Distance:  13mi / 21 km

Time:  5.5 hrs

Maps:  OS Explorer 162; Landranger 177

 

Stage 3 Dartford to Otford

Start: Dartford High Street

Finish:  Otford Pond

Distance:  11.5 mi / 18.5 km

Time:  5 hrs

Maps:  OS Explorer 162 & 147; Landranger 177 & 188

 

 

Stage 4 Otford to Wrotham

Start:  Otford

Finish:  Wrotham Recycling

Distance:  5.75 mi / 9.2 km

Time:  2.5 hrs

Maps:  OS Explorer 147; Landranger 188

 

Stage 5 Wrotham to Halling

Start: Wrotham Recycling

Finish:  Lower Halling

Distance:  7.25 mi / 11.6 km

Time:  3.5 hrs

Maps:  OS Explorer 147 & 148; Landranger 188 & 178

 

Stage 6 Halling to Aylesford

Start:  Halling

Finish:  Aylesford

Distance:  4.75 mi / 7.6 km

Time:  2 hrs

Maps:  OS Explorer 147; Landranger 188

 

Stage 6a Peters Village to Rochester **Side Route**

Start:  Peters Village Bridge

Finish:  Rochester Cathedral

Distance:  4.5 mi / 7.2 km  ((9 mi roundtrip / 14.4 km))

Time:  1.75 hrs  ((3.5 hours roundtrip))

Maps:  OS Explorer 148; Landranger 178

 

Stage 7 Aylesford to Harrietsham

Start:  Aylesford

Finish:  Harrietsham

Distance:  11 mi / 17.7 km

Time:  4.5 hrs

Maps:  OS Explorer 148 & 137; Landranger 178 & 189

 

Stage 8 Harrietsham to Boughton Lees

Start:  Harrietsham

Finish:  Boughton Lees green (near Wye)

Distance:  11 mi / 17.7 km

Time:  4.5 hrs

Maps:  OS Explorer 137; Landranger 189

 

Stage 9 Boughton Lees to Chilham

Start:  Boughton Lees Green

Finish:  Chilham

Distance:  6 mi / 9.6 km

Time:  2.25 hrs

Maps:  OS Explorer 137; Landranger 189

 

Stage 10 Chilham to Canterbury

Start:  Chilham

Finish:  Canterbury

Distance:  7 mi / 11.2 km

Time:  2.5 hrs

Maps:  OS Explorer 137 & 150; Landranger 179

 

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Pilgrims’ Way Stages: London to Canterbury

Pilgrims’ Way Stages:  London to Canterbury

The ancient pilgrimage route in England links both Winchester and London to the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at the Canterbury Cathedral in Kent, England. Followed by kings and fabled in literature such as The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, the modern route follows the historic Roman road and parallels the North Downs Way.  Click here to learn more about the history of The Pilgrims’ Way in England. 

One of two prominent starting points, the Pilgrims’ Way from London to Canterbury beigns at Southwark Cathedral and follows 10 stages (as described in Cicerone’s guide book) over 90 miles, with stages broken into lengths of 5 – 14 miles.  All times are per Cicerone and do not include stoppage times for breaks, meals, etc. Hikers may choose to combine stages or alter the course to visit key landmarks along the route.

 

SUGGESTED MAPS / APPS:

Ordnance Survey maps are available for all sections of the Pilgrims’ Way. The Ordnance Survey OS Map app is a good companion to the Cicerone guide book and each stage within the book references the OS maps.

OS MAPS:  Explorer OL32, OL33, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 137, 150, 173, 161, 162

OS MAPS: Landranger 185, 186, 187, 188, 178, 189, 179, 177

 

THE PILGRIM’S WAY STAGES FROM LONDON (90 Miles)

 

Stage 1 Southwark to Shooters Hill

Start:  Southwark Cathedral

Finish:  The Bull, Shooters Hill

Distance:  8.5 mi / 13.6 km

Time:  4 hrs

Maps:  OS Explorer 173, 161 & 162; Landranger 177

 

Note:  Pilgrims wishing to begin at Southwark Cathedral should contact reception in advance o request a formal send-off by the canon-in-residence. Pilgrim passports are available from the cathedral shop. 

 

Stage 2 Shooters Hill to Dartford

Start: The Bull, Shooters Hill

Finish:  Dartford High Street

Distance:  13mi / 21 km

Time:  5.5 hrs

Maps:  OS Explorer 162; Landranger 177

 

Stage 3 Dartford to Otford

Start: Dartford High Street

Finish:  Otford Pond

Distance:  11.5 mi / 18.5 km

Time:  5 hrs

Maps:  OS Explorer 162 & 147; Landranger 177 & 188

 

 

Stage 4 Otford to Wrotham

Start:  Otford

Finish:  Wrotham Recycling

Distance:  5.75 mi / 9.2 km

Time:  2.5 hrs

Maps:  OS Explorer 147; Landranger 188

 

Stage 5 Wrotham to Halling

Start: Wrotham Recycling

Finish:  Lower Halling

Distance:  7.25 mi / 11.6 km

Time:  3.5 hrs

Maps:  OS Explorer 147 & 148; Landranger 188 & 178

 

Stage 6 Halling to Aylesford

Start:  Halling

Finish:  Aylesford

Distance:  4.75 mi / 7.6 km

Time:  2 hrs

Maps:  OS Explorer 147; Landranger 188

 

Stage 6a Peters Village to Rochester **Side Route**

Start:  Peters Village Bridge

Finish:  Rochester Cathedral

Distance:  4.5 mi / 7.2 km  ((9 mi roundtrip / 14.4 km))

Time:  1.75 hrs  ((3.5 hours roundtrip))

Maps:  OS Explorer 148; Landranger 178

 

Stage 7 Aylesford to Harrietsham

Start:  Aylesford

Finish:  Harrietsham

Distance:  11 mi / 17.7 km

Time:  4.5 hrs

Maps:  OS Explorer 148 & 137; Landranger 178 & 189

 

Stage 8 Harrietsham to Boughton Lees

Start:  Harrietsham

Finish:  Boughton Lees green (near Wye)

Distance:  11 mi / 17.7 km

Time:  4.5 hrs

Maps:  OS Explorer 137; Landranger 189

 

Stage 9 Boughton Lees to Chilham

Start:  Boughton Lees Green

Finish:  Chilham

Distance:  6 mi / 9.6 km

Time:  2.25 hrs

Maps:  OS Explorer 137; Landranger 189

 

Stage 10 Chilham to Canterbury

Start:  Chilham

Finish:  Canterbury

Distance:  7 mi / 11.2 km

Time:  2.5 hrs

Maps:  OS Explorer 137 & 150; Landranger 179

 

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