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HOW TO: Follow Trail Markers and Trail Blazes in Europe

HOW TO: Follow Trail Markers and Trail Blazes in Europe

As an experienced backpacker in the United States, I’m well-acquainted with how to read and follow trail blazes in North America. However, when I started hiking distance routes and trails in Europe, I quickly found that the system of trail markers was vastly different and 

Packing List:  Backpacking Gear for England’s Pilgrims’ Way

Packing List: Backpacking Gear for England’s Pilgrims’ Way

I was first drawn to England’s ancient pilgrimage route to the shrine of St. Thomas Becket following my 2019 Camino de Santiago. With my eyes set towards Europe’s Via Francigena from Canterbury to Rome, I learned the history the Pilgrims’ Way from both Winchester and 

Pilgrims Passport and Stamps along England’s Pilgrims Way

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 

Key Differences Between the Camino de Santiago and Via Francigena

Key Differences Between the Camino de Santiago and Via Francigena

It is important for pilgrims to know that the Via Francigena is completely unlike the Camino de Santiago in many ways. Beyond the obvious difference in distance, the Via Francigena is a more European route. The customs and languages are much more varied and there 

A Beginners Guide to the Via Francigena

A Beginners Guide to the Via Francigena

One of the oldest published pilgrimage routes in Europe, the Via Francigena is largely overshadowed by the more popular Camino de Santiago through Spain. Following the historic route recorded by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Sigeric the Serious, to present himself to the Pope John XB 

Via Francigena Stages: Canterbury to Dover

Via Francigena Stages: Canterbury to Dover

The Via Francigena (the Road from France) is an ancient pilgrim route stretching across Europe from Canterbury, England, through France and Switzerland culminating in Rome, Italy. In places, the Via Francigena may be multiple paths but generally follows the route taken by the Archbishop of 

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 

Pilgrims’ Way Stages:  Winchester to Canterbury

Pilgrims’ Way Stages: Winchester 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 

Discovering The Pilgrim’s Way in England

Discovering The Pilgrim’s Way in England

THE PILGRIMS’ WAY IN ENGLAND Shortly after my 2019 Camino de Santiago in Portugal and Spain, I learned about the ancient Pilgrims’ Way in England from several pilgrims and historians. The ancient route links both Winchester and London to the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket