A one day 10 mile walk with Hope Walking from Shepherdswell to Canterbury.
A 10 mile Pilgrimage walk for women of any or no faith, making a modern-day pilgrimage along the famous Via Francigena or “Way that comes from France”, setting our intentions and walking with purpose. Journeying from Shepherdswell on the North Downs Pilgrim Way to Canterbury- considered the heart of Christianity in Britain, visiting all three of the Canterbury UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There are rail stations at both start and end points.
Dating back to the Middle Ages, The Via Francigena is considered the mother of all European pilgrim routes. From Dover, pilgrims would have crossed the channel and journeyed 1700km (1100 miles) through France and Switzerland, to Rome. As the practise of pilgrimage is seeing huge resurgence among people from media celebrities and the hundreds of thousands embarking each year on well-known routes like the Camino Frances to Santiago, the Via Francigena is becoming increasingly popular. Designated a European Cultural Route in 1994, funds were allocated to maintain, mark and promote the trail we will enjoy.
Together, follow in the footsteps of Archbishop Sigeric the Serious, who first mapped the route in his travel diary of 990AD and identified his eighty stops walking up to 20 miles each day on the way to be ordained by Pope John XV.
Grade: Medium distance, around 3 miles per hour- about 4 hours of walking plus stops. Fairly flat route throughout.
Meet: 10am at Shepherds Well Station. Close by is the world-famous Via Francigena, route for the day.
For further information and how to book visit the Hope Walking website.