Walking the Pilgrims’ Way: Day 11 Rochester to Thurnham

    Having crossed the Medway yesterday I continued with my gratitude walk along the Pilgrim’s Way.  It was a day away from the City and towns and back to the countryside and small villages. A day with some spectacular views, reminders of pilgrims and ancient monuments.   I have been thinking about the difficulties of…

Walking the Pilgrims’ Way: Day 10 – Addington to Rochester

    I spent the morning of this glorious Autumn day in the countryside talking and singing to robins, squirrels and pheasants. I didn’t pass another human being but the wildlife made for pleasant company.   The young pheasants were very energetic and I couldn’t get a photo of one, so T sent me this one of Basil, our regular…

Walking the Pilgrims’ Way: Day 9 – Otford to Addington

    This day of walking the Pilgrims’ Way from Winchester to Canterbury has been fun and fulfilling.  I have seen my first oasthouses and definitely feel that I am in Kent and getting closer to Canterbury.   I had an early breakfast and quickly reached Otford.  Here I passed over the River Darent.  Shortly after this I crossed the…

Walking the Pilgrims’ Way: Day 8 – Godstone to Otford

    Excellent weather for walking the Pilgrims’ Way today. The route from Winchester to Canterbury follows the line of the St Swithuns’ Way from Winchester up to Farnham and I covered this on days one, day two and day three of my trek. At Farnham it joins the North Downs’ Way and heads East….

Walking the Pilgrims Way: Day 7 – Reigate to Godstone

      I found yesterday’s walk quite hard so I was determined to take a close look at the route before I started off today. There was a long climb up Reigate Hill to start with, to get on to the North Downs’ Way but I was so grateful that my hotel was not…

Walking the Pilgrims’ Way: Day 6- Dorking to Reigate

    A  walk today with my special friend, A, who kindly travelled down for the day to support me.  Dorking to Reigate via Box Hill – pretty footpaths, lovely views and special memories.  The walk was harder than I imagined it to be.  I believe that this is because I took the higher, longer…

Walking the Pilgrims’ Way: Day 5 – Chilworth to Dorking – A decision.

    Which path to take? Well I made a prophetic statement in yesterday’s post on Day 4 of walking the Pilgrims’ Way!  Today I found myself at a crossroads (metaphorically, if not literally). The hot weather finally broke last night with a violent thunderstorm. Checking the local forecast it said that another thunderstorm was…

Walking the Pilgrims’ Way: Day 4 – Farnham to Chilworth

        Day 4 of the Pilgrims’ Way: Farnham to Chilworth Walking day four of the Pilgrims’Way from Winchester to Canterbury was the first time since my blessing at Winchester Cathedral that I really began to feel like I was a pilgrim and that I was walking the old trackways. Much of this…

Walking the Pilgrims’ Way: Day Two – Alresford to Alton

Day Two:  Detours and a welcome “stop” “Having partaken of the traditional pilgrim’s breakfast of smoked salmon bagels ” (H’s words!) we both set forth at eight thirty to get some mileage in before the heat took hold.  Probably the fact that I forgot to wear my glasses to read the map resulted in an…