History Hike – Wye to Chilham
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.
- 7:45am - 5:30pm
23rd & 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 1 : Wye to Chilham
Our pilgrimage starts in Wye in the garden of England with a church and a farm visit . If you don’t bring your own lunch you can buy some local produce. This section of the Pilgrims’ Way will lead us to a church where you can see evidence that this route was actually walked by medieval pilgrims. The little church at Boughton Aluph has a large fireplace in the south porch, where pilgrims would gather before venturing through the wood. There was safety in numbers, at a time when robbery was a real danger. Discover the stories of this historic woodland before we end our walk in Chilham.
If you are booking both day 1 and day 2 walks you can find accommodation at https://www.woolpackhotel.com/ or in Wye or Canterbury.
Distance: 8 miles.
What to bring
Hiking boots, packed lunch, snacks and water. Prepare for the weather with waterproof clothing or sunblock.
Where to meet
Day 1 from London at 07.45 at St. Pancras Station in front of Oliver Bonas shop near the escalator to Platform 12 or Wye Station at 09.11
Group save train tickets from London are only available if you book both days .