A one day 19.5 mile guided walk with Hope Walking from Canterbury to Dover.
A 19.5 mile one-day challenge walk for adventurous 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 Canterbury- considered the heart of Christianity in Britain- to Dover from where the pilgrims of old would have started their journeys over the Alps to St Peter’s Basilica in Rome and even on to Jerusalem.
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 with 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: Challenging distance, fairly flat route throughout.
Meet: 9am at the Pilgrim Door of Canterbury Cathedral World Heritage Site next to Christ Church gate. We aim to be in Dover around 6pm.
Price: £40 per person
For further information visit Hope Walking website. Book via Eventbrite.