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A 4-Day Pilgrimage from Saltwood Castle to Whitstable (via Canterbury)

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A 4-day Pilgrimage from the Saltwood Castle to the land's edge at Whitstable

Distance: 39 (9.5+ 11.5 + 7.5 + 10.5) miles

Follow the pilgrim’s path, linking the great centre of ancient British pilgrimage at Canterbury with the Kentish Finisterre at Whitstable. Via:

Saltwood Castle: The place where four knights rode from on their last day before murdering Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral.
Lyminge Holy Well:
The source of the River Nailbourne, crystal fresh water, good for drinking (once filtered by our incredible virus and bacteria free filter).
Elham Valley Way:
Valley views, horses, black poplar avenues and Bedlam woods.
St Mary's, Patrixbourne:
A rare Norman Church from the Kent School of Architecture, featuring a truly magnificent portal through which to enter into your pilgrimage.
Fordwich: The smallest town in Britain, and the port where the cathedral's stone arrived and Julius Caesar's army landed. It is also the home of a radiantly lovely church dedicated to St Mary.
Canterbury: The home of Christianity in England; the Churches, Abbey, and Cathedral here have welcomed pilgrims for over a thousand years, sheltering both springs and saints - this ancient city is the culmination of the entire Old Way.
The Street, Whitstable: The Kentish Finisterre; this shingle strand of Whistable’s eastern beaches, known locally as the Street, is a geological anomaly - stretching back to allows you to venture out across the water at low tide - the farthest extent of a pilgrim’s progress; you then must turn back, and embrace ordinary life.

Bring your own Beliefs.

A journey guaranteed to make you re-encounter Britain in new (and very old) ways.

This Pilgrimage will include:

- New ways of meeting old Churches (bring your own beliefs!)
- Foraging wild plants for pilgrim teas, medicines and snacks
- Group pilgrim songs on the path
- Occasional barefoot walking and silence
- Rediscovering your place in the British pilgrimage tradition
- Natural beauty and the wild places between the roads
- Holy and Historic sites of all kinds
- Keep-your-own Hazelwood staffs and gifts of silver for holy places

Travel

We will be meeting at Sandling Train Station at 09:30am. There is a train from London St Pancras on 21st June at 08.12 arriving 09.17 into Sandling station. From there, we all walk to Saltwood Castle. For those with cars, there is parking available at the station.

We will travel on foot 39 miles to Whitstable over four days, pausing overnight at a village hall, medieval church and campsite. On the Sunday, we will reach Whitstable at 17:30. There are regular trains from Whitstable back to London every hour, the last leaving at 20:50.

Your pilgrim guides

Guidance from Will and Guy - songful co-founders of the British Pilgrimage Trust. They offer traditions to help your pilgrimage come to life - including songs and stories, suggested pilgrim rituals, wild water drinking and foraged teas. They’ll lead you along a beautifully considered route with capable navigation. You will receive support when you need it, and space when you don't.

What to bring
A packed lunch; A pair of trusty walking boots; Waterproofs (if applicable); Waterbottle; Comfortable clothes and backpack. We provide sleeping kit of sleeping bag, silk liner and inflatable rollmat.

Fundraising

All ticket fees fund the work of the British Pilgrimage Trust, a charitable trust which seeks to open up Britain's pilgrimage tradition in newly inclusive and exciting ways.

Our goal is to build routes that are open to everyone. But to raise the funds to achieve this, we run these fundraising weekend group events. We're not a business, we make no profit, we do not pay ourselves to run these weekend events, and we receive no central government funding. With the money we pay people to do things for the charity, like a web designer and a digital map-maker, and a videographer, and meetings with venues for low-cost pilgrim accommodation. Overall, organising these fundraisers serves multiple purposes, combining route research, fundraising, PR, and establishment of low-cost accommodation, all through a single weekend event.

FAQ’s

Who can come?
Anyone over 18 (or under 18 with parental guidance, bearing in mind the walking distance).
Is this religious?
All and no-faiths are equally welcome. We operate a “Bring Your Own Beliefs” policy. We ask that all participating pilgrims tolerate one another, whatever their beliefs.
Are there fitness limitations?
Pilgrimage is moderately intense. If you struggle to walk all day, this type of pilgrimage may be an unsuitable activity for you right now. There are always plenty of escape points en route where you can jump on a bus. But we will walk slowly, and start early, so we believe this is a very manageable distance for the majority of people.
Due to the stiles and off-road access along much of this route, unfortunately this pilgrimage is not suited for mobility-impaired people or those requiring wheelchair access. Sorry. We're working on good alternatives...
Do you have a concessionary rate?
If you are unable to pay our full rate, please get in touch with us and we'll see what we can do. We hope to make British pilgrimages accessible to everyone if we can.
Can I bring my dog?
Sadly not - we can’t accommodate dogs on our guided pilgrimages. However, if you have a registered assistance dog, they are welcome.

If you’re interested, book a ticket and come along. If you're unsure, book two tickets and bring a friend.

*If you are unable to pay our full rate, please email us at info@britishpilgrimage.org for a concessionary rate

This pilgrimage is open to all. Bring your own beliefs.

We hope to see you on the path.

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