Guided walk from Chilham to Canterbury along the North Downs Way and Pilgrims’ Way (7.8 miles).
Starting in Chilham square at 9:30, the group will be briefly appraised of both Hilaire Belloc’s and Julia Cartwright’s Pilgrimage routes to Canterbury and will be made aware of the Victorian and Edwardian revival of interest in the Pilgrims’ Way. The walk follows the Pilgrims’ Way through rural Kent, with discussion on key points of interest along the way. Before a midday picnic stop in No Man’s Orchard, we will pass through the villages of Old Wives’ Lees and Chartham Hatch, in landscape evocative of the Garden of England with its rustic oast houses, hop gardens, orchards and woodland. We will visit Bigbury Camp earthworks, an iron-age hill fort where Caesar defeated the British tribes in 54 BC, along with the village of Harbledown, which Chaucer referred to as Bobbe-up-and-down in the Canterbury Tales as his Pilgrims made their way to Canterbury. Estimated arrival at Canterbury Cathedral between 14:00 and 15:00.
Distance: 7.8 miles
Date: 15 June 2019
Time: 09:30 – 14:30
Meet: The Square, Chilham, CT4 8BY
Note: Bring a packed lunch
This event is being held as part of The Canterbury Pilgrims Festival, organised by The Confraternity of Pilgrims to Rome and supported by The Kent Downs AONB in celebration of their 50th anniversary.