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Via Francigena

Via Francigena (Road from France) is the 1200 mile (2000 km) ancient pilgrims' route from England, through France and Switzerland to Rome. Starting from Canterbury Cathedral, the first two stages of the walk take you 20 miles (33 km) along the North Downs Way into Dover.

This part of the 7th century route passes through the villages and beautiful countryside of the ‘Garden of England’ – and is relatively flat in comparison to the rest of the journey! The path takes you through parkland and pastoral landscapes which skirt the picturesque villages of Shepherdswell, Snowdown and Eythorne.

Once you reach Dover, why not check out some of the town's medieval hidden gems, before crossing the channel to France for the onward journey?

The Maison Dieu

Dover’s Grade I Listed town hall was founded by Hubert de Burgh, Constable of Dover Castle, Earl of Kent and Justiciar of England, in 1203 to provide hospitality for pilgrims travelling to the shrine of Thomas Becket at Canterbury, and for the care of wounded and destitute soldiers. Many pilgrims still pass through Dover today, walking the ancient Via Francigena from the nearby cathedral city of Canterbury, through France and Switzerland, to Rome.

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St Edmund's Chapel

One of the smallest working churches in England, Dover’s Chapel of St Edmund of Abingdon is also the only church still in existence that was dedicated to one English saint by another. It was consecrated in 1253 by Richard, Bishop of Chichester, who dedicated it to his friend St Edmund, Archbishop of Canterbury, who had died in 1245 and was canonised in 1247; Richard himself was canonised in 1262.

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St Mary's Church

The parish church of St Mary-the-Virgin, situated in the heart of Dover just along from the Market Square, is nearly 1000 years old. Dating from Saxon times, it was originally built by the secular canons of St Martin Le Grand and rebuilt by the Normans. St Mary’s is one of the three Dover churches mentioned in the Domesday Book.

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White Cliffs Country Visitor Information Centre

A more modern gem, White Cliffs Country Visitor Information Centre in Dover is where you can have your Pilgrim’s Passport stamped with the crest of St. Martin, Dover’s patron saint. You'll meet our friendly and knowledgeable team of staff who can help you with any enquiries you might have about this unique destination.

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Activities

Bright Skies Online Freedom In Movement Classes

Cliffs and Castles route (National Route 1) Deal to Sandwich

Shopping in Sandwich

Tides Leisure Centre

Channel Gliding Club

Sandwich Market

Cornilo Riding

Sandwich Town Tours

The Sandwich Way (Route 15)

Miners' Way Trail

Captain Colin's Riverbus

Cathedral to Coast Regional Cycle Network 16 and 17

Owl House Riding Centre

Samphire Hoe

Sea Swimming

Fishing

Martin Gorse Wood Clay Pigeon Club

Dover's Bluebird Market

Dover Sea Sports Centre

North Downs Way

Shopping in Deal

Tours of the Realm

Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club

Via Francigena

Cycle Shops and Cycle Hire

England Coast Path Walking Route

Cross channel swimming

St James Retail and Leisure Park

VRVE

Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club

Cottington Lakes

Deal Pier

Dover Sea Safari

Braeside Equestrian Centre

South Foreland Walk

White Cliffs Countryside Partnership

Sandwich Leisure Centre

De Bradelei Wharf Shopping Outlet, Dover

Monks Wall Nature Reserve

Get Lost Escape Rooms

Farmers Markets

Shopping in Villages

Western Heights Nature Reserve

Saxon Shore Way

Felderland Pick Your Own Farm

The Wild Kitchen

Coker Fishing Trips

Walmer Paddling Pool

Mike's Bikes Deal

Deal Wednesday Market

Betteshanger Park, Deal

Dover Bluebird Heritage Trail

National Cycle Network Route 1

Chalk and Channel Way

Jewellery making at Rees and Rees

England Plus Tours

Cycle Friendly Deal

Royal Geographical Society Walks

East Kent Railway

Dover District Leisure Centre

The Lane – Cocktail Making

CHALKUP21 Art & Architecture Trail

Primal Roots Wellbeing Retreats

Shopping in Dover

Western Heights walks

Gamebase & Playbase

Royal St George’s Golf Club

Lydden Hill Race Circuit

Solley's Ice Cream Parlour

Frontline Britain Trail

Stour Valley Way

Cliffs and Castles route (National Route 1) Dover to Deal

Chequers Kitchen

Prince's Golf Club, Sandwich

Walmer & Kingsdown Golf Club

Dover Marina

Deal Saturday Market