Ashford to Wye & Beyond (self guided) 21st - 25th Sept

Ashford to Wye & Beyond (self guided) 21st - 25th Sept

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St Mary the Virgin Church

Tufton St

Ashford

TN23 1QG

United Kingdom

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Make a traditional self guided pilgrimage with this new route from Ashford, created specially for the Pilgrim Festival 2022.

About this event

Register now to receive your free guide to make pilgrimage on Ashford's town centre.

You don't have to travel miles to start a pilgrimage, it can begin from your own front door. This special route has been designed for the Pilgrim Festival 2022 to connect modern communities to an established pilgrimage route on foot. Connect to the landscape and local heritage, find personal meaning and deepen your relationship with the land on your doorstep.

Discover the ancient origins of this remarkable pilgrimage route, steeped in nature, history and folklore. The guide shares hidden stories, suggested pilgrim practices and advice on how to make your walk a pilgrimage. Explore open fields, vineyards, woodland, waterways and hillsides, all in the footsteps of pilgrims who have gone before you. Discover new ways of meeting old holy places. You'll also receive information on public transport connections, where to stop for food as well the full route in Ordnance Survey, Google maps, and GPX with accompanying turn-by-turn directions.

The journey is divided into 3 easy stages of between 4.5 and 8.5 miles which you can do all at once or on separate days as you prefer. A great way to try the ancient art of pilgrimage.

The journey:

Stage 1, Ashford to Wye 6 miles

Stage 2, Wye to Chartham 8.5 miles

Stage 3, Chartham to Canterbury 4.5 miles

You will receive the guide a week before the festival to give you time to plan your pilgrimage. Walk on your own or meet up with other pilgrims.

What should I bring?

Appropriate footwear, waterproofs or umbrella; Packed lunch if walking for the whole day, waterbottle or thermos flask. Anything required for wild loo stops. A staff or walking stick are not essential but are a recognised symbol of the pilgrim.

FAQ’s

Travel arrangements - You will be sent information regarding public transport connections in the guide.

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 respect one another, whatever their beliefs.

Are there access or fitness limitations? Pilgrimage is moderately intense and there are some steep hills in Stage 2. There is some walking on quiet country roads. If you struggle to walk for a full half day, this type of pilgrimage may be an unsuitable activity for you right now.  Unfortunately this pilgrimage is not suited for mobility-impaired people or those requiring wheelchair access.

If you would like to make a donation in return for the guide click here

This pilgrimage is Open to All. Bring your own beliefs.

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