Trail of 2 Cities

Trail of 2 Cities

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Canterbury East

Station Road East



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Unique 2-day experience on a pilgrimage along part of the Via Francigena trail whilst admiring the breath-taking views of the North Downs.

About this event

Take a journey with us between two iconic landmarks in the UK, Canterbury Cathedral and Dover Castle.

This unique 2-day experience takes us on a pilgrimage along part of the Via Francigena trail whilst admiring the breath-taking views of the North Downs Way AONB (Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty).

During the two days we will be venturing along the trail where more history has occurred in a short distance (in our opinion) than anywhere else in Britain. Visit the site where the English first met Julius Ceasar’s Invaders from Rome, where Kings rode to court potential brides, wander through coal mining communities, and hear the story of how they thrived and died. See ancient burial sites, walk in the steps of pilgrims as they made their way on to Rome, as well as meander through enchanting villages and hamlets, past ancient churches, and other great landmarks all with their own unique character.

In addition, we have included a tour at no extra cost on Friday Night which starts at 7pm where we will meet a Green badged city tour guide who will take us through the streets of Canterbury. During the tour, our guide will tell us about the stories and myths around this great city. **Please note that Accommodation is not included on Friday night. This will enable you to choose what suits your budget best.

We start our adventure from Canterbury East Station at 0930am on Saturday morning. At this time, you will be met with a warm welcome from the guides Ian, Sara and Pete and your small overnight bag will be loaded into the support vehicle.

In the morning we will discover some more of Canterbury’s past before heading up onto the North Downs Way and making our way to Dover with open views of the amazing countryside to include the breath-taking Elham Valley. During our adventure we will be stopping at many iconic sites that are heavily steeped in history.

On Saturday night we will be camping in a beautiful campsite in the pituresque village of Shepherdswell. As we get to the campsite you will find the site set up and your evening meal on the go. All you need to do is relax and soak in the scenery. In the evening you will be invited to join us around a campfire which will be a fantastic opportunity to share stories and relax before we retire for the evening.

The next morning, we will continue our journey, where a personal highlight is walking over the brow of the hill and seeing the majestic Dover Castle and the famous White Cliffs set upon the background of the English Channel.

We will finish our tour at Dover train station at around 4pm where we will leave a little tired but with great memories of an amazing weekend.

From Dover train station there are trains back to Canterbury East Station and on to London (not included).

How Long is journey?

Each day we will be travelling around 11 miles which we will take at a comfortable pace whilst enjoying the beautiful countryside. During this time there will be plenty of rest stops and a lunch break (included).

Where will we meet?

We will be meeting at Canterbury East train station train station at 10am. The station has good links to London. There is plenty of paid parking in the city including at the station itself (parking not included).

If you are joining us for the Friday Canterbury City History Tour then we will start from the city at 7pm. The meeting location will be emailed prior to the event.

Can I bring my Dog?

That is a big Yes! We love our 4-legged friends on our adventures as long as they are friendly and will go on a lead when required (e.g. entering a field of livestock). Please note however that we are unable to cater for dogs in any fashion and so all provisions must be brought by the owner. It is the full responsibility of the owner to keep their dog under control and they are brought entirely at the owner’s risk.

What is included?

• A fully guided 2-day Trail of 2 Cities Experience for 2 days led by the experienced Boots On Adventures team

• Baggage transfer to and from the campsite of a small overnight bag and sleeping bag

• Tent and ground matt

• Lunch on day 1 & 2, Dinner on Saturday evening and Breakfast on Sunday morning.

What should I bring?

• A light Sleeping bag (or similar)

• A change of clothing for day 2 and possibly the evening

• A torch for the evening (a head torch is best as it leaves your hands free)

• Waterproof clothing (you never know what the weather will be like)

• A full Water bottle 1.5-2ltr is recommended

• Personal medication and wash kit

• Any personal snacks you may wish to take with you

• A strong pair of walking boots

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