Pilgrims’ Way in England

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. 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. From Canterbury, some may continue pilgrimage to Rome along Europe’s Via Francigena.

This guide is intended to assist pilgrims as they plan for the Pilgrim’s Way, including recommended gear, tips, and key learnings gathered from my pilgrimages in England, France, Spain, and Portugal as well as hiking experiences on the Appalachian Trail, the Florida Trail, and the Via Francigena.

 

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