Index of Posts on Walking the Pilgrims’ Way from Winchester to Canterbury


 My book about my experiences along The Pilgrims’ Way, “The Woman Who Walked Through Fear” has now been published by    Sitting Duck Press.  I am also available to give talks about my experiences along The Pilgrims’ Way.

Index of Pilgrims’ Way posts

Follow my posts on Walking the Pilgrims’ Way here:

1. What is a pilgrimage?

A discussion around the history of pilgrimage over the centuries

2.Do I need a Pilgrim’s Staff?

Is a staff necessary? – whether to buy or make one!

3.The Pilgrims’ Way – Walking World Article

A copy of an interesting article from Walking World about the Pilgrims’ Way

4.The Pilgrims’ Way – guest post by expert Derek Bright

A guest post by the expert author of “The Pilgrims’ Way:  Fact and Fiction of an Ancient Trackway”

5.Why I am Walking the Pilgrims’ Way – “Mine eyes have seen the glory…”

My personal story of why I am walking the Pilgrims’ Way in Gratitude

6.The Pilgrims’ Way : Leighton Buzzard Mencap Holiday Club.

A post about the Mencap Holiday club that I am raising funds for –

7.Preparing to Walk the Pilgrims’ Way from Winchester to Canterbury

What preparations I am making in advance of my walk.

8. Fear and concerns around Walking the Pilgrims’Way

My concerns and how I am addressing them.

9. Update of fundraising for Mencap Leighton Buzzard Summer Camp – 4/9/2016

10.  Walking the Pilgrims’ Way : Spiritual Preparations

How medieval pilgrims would have prepared and my spiritual preparations.

11.  Gratitude: whilst walking the Pilgrims’ Way

12.. Winchester: The start of the Pilgrims’ Way

13. Day 1 of The Pilgrims’ Way: Winchester to Alresford

14.  Day 2 of the Pilgrims’ Way: Alresford to Alton

15.  Day 3 of the Pilgrims’ Way: Alton to Farnham

16.  Day 4 of the Pilgrims’ Way: Farnham to Chilworth

17. Day 5 of the Pilgrims’ Way: Chilworth to Dorking

18.  Day 6 of the Pilgrims’ Way: Dorking to Reigate

19. Day 7 of the Pilgrims’ Way: Reigate to Godstone

20.  Day 8 of the Pilgrims’ Way: Godstone to Otford

21  Day 9 of the Pilgrims’ Way: Otford to Addington

22 Day 10 of the Pilgrims’ Way: Addington to Rochester

23  Day 11 of the Pilgrims’ Way: Rochester to Thurnham

24  Day 12 of the Pilgrims’ Way: Thurnham to Lenham

25 Day 13 of the Pilgrims’ Way: Lenham to Wye

26. Day 14 of the Pilgrims’ Way: Wye to Canterbury

27.  The Pilgrims’ Way Revisited:  Watts Gallery and Artists’ Village

Walking the Pilgrims’ Way:  An overview

In September 2016 I walked the Pilgrims’ Way from Winchester to Canterbury as a Gratitude Walk and to raise money for Leighton Buzzard Mencap Holiday Club  (see further post here) and my posts about what it is like to walk the Pilgrims’ Way are set out above.    I discuss my preparations, what I have learnt about the Pilgrims’ Way and my adventures en route.  One of the aims of this blog is to ponder on the concept of gratitude and how feeling and expressing it affects our mental, physical and spiritual well-being.  The route from Winchester to Canterbury is shown below.  (The black routes are of other walks I have completed, including The Ridgeway National Trail).  The route consists of the St Swithun’s Way from Winchester to Farnham and the  North Downs Way from Farnham to Canterbury

The Route


This video link here is absolutely essential viewing.      A film About the Pilgrims’ Way made in 1956.  I know that SO much will have changed, particularly with the coming of the motorways and that the narrator’s grumblings about “subtopia” will be nothing as compared to now.  But hopefully some of the beauty will remain.  I will hope to visit the Hospital of St Cross church in Winchester referred to at 7.13 when they talk of the wayfarer’s dole and I am actually staying at the Falstaff Inn in Canterbury featured at about 30 minutes after completing my pilgrimage

Whilst recently walking in St Albans I found these scallop shells embedded into a wall near the Cathedral.  I will be looking out for some during my gratutide walk.


Other useful sites

The Journey: A Guide for Churches Walking the Pilgrims’ Way

The Pilgrims Way – Canterbury Cathedral site

Walk Awhile – offers walking holidays

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