Via Francigena Tours offers a 4 day self-guided tour from Canterbury to Dover. This tour marks the beginning of the long Via Francigena pilgrimage from Canterbury to Rome. It begins at Canterbury Cathedral with a Pilgrim’s Blessing and ends 37 km away in Dover. The walk is steeped in history from prehistory to present day reminders of war time heroes. The landscape and tiny villages are so romantically English! And the Kent food delicious, especially Kent tea. It is a place of Castles and Cathedrals and the world famous ruins of UNESCO St Augustine’s Abbey.
Arrive in Canterbury and check into Hotel. Then visit Canterbury Cathedral for a Pilgrim Blessing and a Pilgrim Credential stamp. After that visit some of the historic places in Canterbury. Finally, relax in the evening dining at an English pub!
The pilgrimage begins at the zero kilometre milestone outside Canterbury Cathedral. Then continues past the ruins of St Augustine’s Abbey, and St Martin’s church to Pilgrim’s Way. After an enjoyable walk through the English countryside arrive at the delightful village of Patrixbourne. Then there is a pleasant walk to Womenswold with its romantic thatched cottages and village church. After that continue through forests and fields to Shepherdswell.
It is an easy, level walk 17 km walk to Dover mostly through fields and woods and charming villages. First there is a walk to Waldershire with its manor house and historic All Saints church. Then, a somewhat challenging walk through cow paddocks and fields of crops to Pineham. Finally, the journey ends at St Paul’s church in Dover and a visit to historic places and a walk along the White Cliffs. Then in the evening enjoy a taste of Dover’s local foods and wine.
The self-guided tour from Canterbury to Dover ends after breakfast and hotel check out.
If you have a specific part of the Via Francigena that you would like to explore, we can design a tour to suit your needs.
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