- Day walk from Faversham to Wye as part of the Wye Pilgrimage Festival
• A 13 mile Day Walk from the Shrine of St Jude Faversham to Wye, arriving in time for the Festival Pilgrim Feast. The route takes us through woodland and pasture (including the famous King's Wood) before descending the Downs to Wye. There are a number of interesting village churches along the way such as St James's Sheldwich, where we will be welcomed by fellow Augustine Camino pilgrims. Also en route is All Saints, Boughton Aluph which includes the porch where pilgrims used to gather before crossing King's Wood together for safety (hopefully this will not be necessary on our walk!). Lunch will be at the Red Lion Badlesmere • What to bring Water, sunscreen, waterproof, small rucksack, picnic (if not requiring lunch at the pub). • Important to know The walk is free but the Pilgrim Feast costs 8 pounds per person and should be booked separately here bit.ly/PilgrimsFeastWye Faversham is on the mainline to London from Margate. Wye is on the other mainline between Ashford and Canterbury (it is possible to return to Faversham by train via Canterbury). There is also parking at each end of the route.
- Free Evening of Talks on the Saints of Kent at the Wye Pilgrimage Festival
• The evening is part of the North Downs Way Pilgrimage Festival, a week long series of events (bit.ly/PilgrimsFestival). The theme is "Kent - England's Holy Land? Tales of the Saints who made Kent a centre of English pilgrimage." The talks are as follows:- Augustine and his mission - by Father Marcus Holden - Rector of the Shrine of St Augustine Ramsgate The Kent Royal Legend - by Dr Eleanor Parker - Lecturer in Medieval English Literature at Oxford University It should last about an hour and a half including time for questions and will finish with a book signing. Eleanor has a new book out about the Vikings (https://tinyurl.com/y7dfxn5k) and I have just published a guide to the Augustine Camino (http://augustinecamino.co.uk/guidebooks/). • What to bring Just yourself! • Important to know Wye is accessible from the M20 at Ashford and is on the mainline from London to Ramsgate between Ashford and Canterbury.
- Free Day Walk from Canterbury to Ramsgate for Pugin Week
• We will be walking from Canterbury to Ramsgate, visiting St Martin's church, Fordwich, Littlebourne and Wickhambreaux (to see the famous Annunciation window), then Minster Abbey and St Augustine's Cross before ending at St Augustine's Shrine. We will catch the bus from Wickhambreaux to Minster to keep the distance walked down to 13 miles so that we have plenty of time to enjoy the sights along the way. • What to bring Water, sunscreen, waterproof, small rucksack, bus fare, picnic (if not requiring lunch at the pub). • Important to know Some of us will be catching the 8.05 am train from Ramsgate, arriving in Canterbury at 8.24 am.
- Day Three of the Augustine Camino from Thurnham to Doddington
• A Day Walk from the Black Horse Pub, Thurnham along the Augustine Camino. We start at the delightful Black Horse Inn, right on the Pilgrim's Way promptly heading up the Downs to Cold Blow. The morning is spent strolling through woodland and meadows to Bredgar where we can have lunch either next to the village pond or at the Sun Inn. The afternoon includes a visit to St Catherine's church, the only Anglican church designed by a Pugin. • What to bring Water, sunscreen, waterproof, small rucksack, picnic (if not requiring lunch at the pub). • Important to know The cost is £10 per person, payable on the day. The nearest station for Thurnham is Bearsted which is on the Maidstone East line between London Victoria and Ashford with trains every half an hour. There is a bus from Doddington to Sittingbourne where there are mainline train services. Please let me know if you would like to share a taxi at either end of the route.
- Day Walk from Canterbury to Grove Ferry
A parish group from Sheldwich church who have been walking the Augustine Camino in sections, the last Sunday of each month. This section starts by the main gate at Canterbury Cathedral and ends at Grove Ferry (for the bus back from Upstreet). You will need the usual (walking shoes, waterproof, sunscreen, water). This is one of the most beautiful sections of the Camino with plenty of interest and some great villages and pubs.
- Day Two of the Augustine Camino from Aylesford Priory to Thurnham via Boxley
Aylesford Priory Car Park£10.00
• A Day Walk from Aylesford Priory to the Black Horse Thurnham along the Augustine Camino. We start with the Prior's stamp in our Pilgrim Passports (for anyone who doesn't yet have one) and then head into the village to see the 13th Century bridge, a favourite spot for photographers. We then head over the fields and across the main road to Tyland Barn wildlife centre (see photo), followed by the ruins of Boxley Abbey which was at the centre of a famous Reformation controversy. Lunch is at the King's Arms Boxley where we also have time to visit the charming church of St Mary and All Saints. The afternoon is a stroll through vineyards and fields to Detling and Thurnham. The Black Horse is a stunning country pub right on the Pilgrim's Way. • What to bring Water, sunscreen, waterproof, small rucksack, picnic (if not requiring lunch at the pub). • Important to know The cost is £10 per person, payable on the day, and includes a guidebook and pilgrim's passport to the full Augustine Camino (for those who don't have one). Aylesford is on the Medway Valley line between Strood (near Rochester) Maidstone and Tonbridge which are all accessible from London and the South East. The station for Thurnham is Bearsted (1.5 miles) which is on the main line between London Victoria and Ashford. There is also parking at each end of the route.
- Coach Day Trip Along the Augustine Camino
Sample some of the highlights of the Augustine Camino in one day including Rochester Cathedral (Fresco of the Baptism of Ethelbert and the Textus Roffensis), Aylesford Priory (lunch in a medieval refectory), St Dunstan’s Canterbury (story of Dunstan and the devil, Henry II and Thomas a Becket and relics of St Thomas More) and Wickhambreaux (Art Nouveau window of the Annunciation and a well earned rest at one of Kent’s prettiest pubs), not forgetting St Augustine’s shrine itself.
- Day Walk from Boughton Church to Canterbury
A parish group from Sheldwich church who have been walking the Augustine Camino in sections, the last Sunday of each month. This section starts at St Peter and Paul Church Boughton under Blean and ends at Canterbury. You will probably need a pack lunch on this section as well as the usual (walking shoes, waterproof, sunscreen, water). The church is not accessible by public transport so get in touch to organise shared transport.
- Day Walk Celebrating 40th Anniversary of North Downs Way via Augustine Camino
Rochester Cathedral ( Boley Hill Entrance)
• A Day Walk from Rochester Cathedral to Aylesford Priory celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the North Downs Way which coincides with Day One of the Augustine Camino. We will start with a brief tour of the Cathedral, visiting the Fresco of Augustine's Baptism of Ethelbert, the Textus Roffensis (the oldest copy of laws in the English Language) and the former shrine to St William of Perth. The route heads up onto the Downs before stopping for lunch at the Robin Hood Pub and then descending to Aylesford where the genuine 13th Century Priory still welcomes pilgrims. • What to bring Water, sunscreen, waterproof, small rucksack, picnic (if not requiring lunch at the pub). • Important to know The cost is £10 per person, payable on the day, and includes a guidebook and pilgrim's passport to the full Augustine Camino. Rochester is easily accessible by train from London and Kent while there are bus and train services from Aylesford. There is also parking at each end of the route.