History Hike – Chilham to Canterbury
Discover the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and follow medieval pilgrims’ footsteps who walked to Canterbury to the Shrine of Thomas Becket. The walk, led by Ildi Pelikan, will take you through ancient woodland, rugged chalk lands and ragstone villages.
- 9am - 5:30pm
24th September 2022
People from all faith and beliefs are welcome to join this small group, history hike and become a pilgrim for the weekend. Max 25 people.
One or two day options are available when booking.
DAY 2: Chilham to Canterbury
The walk starts in Chilham following the Pilgrims’ Way leading to Canterbury where once the shrine of Thomas Becket stood and attracted pilgrims from all over the world. We will be visiting the Church of St. Mary Chilham and will receive a Wayfarer’s dole as we start our day pilgrimage.
It is a fantastic day out and a lovely way to arrive in Canterbury. Along the way you will see hop farms and oast houses and discover the charming English countryside. We will follow the pilgrims’ footsteps and pause at St Dunstan’s Church and Eastridge Hospital. We will stop for lunch-Picnic at No Man’s Orchard. Please bring your packed lunch and water for the day.
Our last stop is Canterbury Cathedral where we have a private chapel booked for us for meditation and/ or prayer.
Please note: the access to the private chapel doesn’t include the visit of the Cathedral. If you wish to visit the Cathedral, please choose the option with tickets to the Cathedral.
Distance: 9 miles
What to bring
Hiking boots, packed lunch, snacks and water. Prepare for the weather with waterproof clothing or sunblock.
Where to meet
Day 2 . Chilham station at 09.06
Group save train tickets from London are only available if you book both days .