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Pilgrims' Way

To Canterbury from Winchester and London

Pilgrims' Way

To Canterbury from Winchester and London

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Publisher: Cicerone Press
ISBN: 9781852847777
Published: 05/06/2018
This guidebook details the Pilgrims' Way, an historic pilgrimage route to Canterbury Cathedral in Kent, home of the shrine of the martyred archbishop, St Thomas Becket. The route is described both from Winchester in Hampshire (138 miles) and London's Southwark Cathedral (901/4 miles), with an optional spur to Rochester Cathedral. With relatively easy walking on ancient byways, the route from Winchester is presented in 15 stages of 5-14 miles: it can be comfortably completed in under a fortnight. It follows a major chalk ridge through scenic countryside, taking in characterful towns and villages and historic churches. The route from Southwark is described in 10 stages and includes a visit to the ruined Lesnes Abbey. Detailed route description is accompanied by 1:50,000 OS mapping, advice on making the most of a trip and information on the historical background to the pilgrimage, key historical figures and local points of interest. Accommodation listings and details of facilities and transport links can be found in the appendices. Pilgrimages to Becket's shrine began within a few years of the his death in 1170, although Canterbury was a popular destination even before this time due to the nearby shrine of St Augustine. The route has featured in literature, drama and film, and forms the setting for Geoffrey Chaucer's famous Middle English work, The Canterbury Tales.

Leigh Hatts

Leigh Hatts has lived in both Hampshire and Southwark where the two historic Canterbury routes begin. He first became familiar with sections of the ancient Pilgrims' Way in the Home Counties, and the Darenth Valley on the London route, whilst responsible for the London Transport Country Walks book series. His Thames Walk Feasibility Study led to the 180-mile Thames Path national trail. He is author of London's 100 Best Churches and Cicerone's Thames Path and Lea Valley Walk guides. He worked as a reporter with the walkers magazine TGO and as arts correspondent of the Catholic Herald.

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