The Via Francigena in England begins at Canterbury Cathedral and ends about 30 km away in Dover. This short distance is steeped in so much history from the days of the Romans and beyond, 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 UNESCO St Augustine’s Abbey.
This walk is a great way to spend a weekend! Or you can begin on this high note, cross the English Channel to Calais and walk to Rome!
Day 1: Canterbury
Arrive at Canterbury on Friday evening, see the sites, visit Canterbury Cathedral and dine in an English pub. Then take a 3 km stroll along Pilgrim’s Way to North Downs Way, and enjoy an evening at the Innkeeper’s Lodge. Along the way you can visit the UNESCO listed ruins of Saint Augustine’s Abbey, and St Thomas and Saint Martin’s Catholic Churches.
Day 2: Walk to Pineham (24 km)
Awake on Saturday morning and stroll through the English countryside and visit romantic villages like Patrixbourne, Womenswold, Woolage Village and Shepherdswell. Arrive at Pineham and admire the distant views of the English Channel, and spend the night at Rolles Court.
Day 3: Pineham to Dover (3.5 km)
On Sunday morning walk to Dover enjoying panoramas of the English Channel and Dover. And in Dover, make sure you visit Dover Castle and the secret war tunnels. And then take a stroll along the White Cliffs of Dover. Your pilgrimage to Rome begins at Saint James church with its Roman portal. And if you are continuing to Rome, stay in a guest house in Dover ready to cross the English Channel to Calais in the morning.
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