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Walking the Pilgrims’ Way - North Downs Way for 2018

These self-led or guided walking holidays have been developed by the author of The Pilgrims' Way - Fact and Fiction of an Ancient Trackway and are available all year round.  They follow the ancient Pilgrims’ Way - North Downs Way National Trail between the cathedral cities of Rochester and Canterbury through some of the most scenic countryside Kent has to offer. Each day of the walk is packed with history as it follows one of the oldest trackways in the country.  The price for our most popular Pilgrims' Way holiday (6 days, 5 nights, 4 days walking over 45 miles) is £649-00.  We also offer a Trekker Plus option for those hearty walkers who are looking to undertake the whole of the Pilgrims' Way (15 days, 14 nights, 14 days walking over 130 miles) between Winchester and Canterbury.

Walking Holiday Prices - Pilgrims Way
Total Days * Walking Days Nights Price Extra Night
6 4 5 Self-led £649-00** available all year - staying in Inn and Guest House accommodation £129-00****
6 4 5 Guided  £958-00*** available all year - staying in Inn and Guest House accommodation £129-00 ****
15 14 14 Trekker Plus £1569-00 ** avaible all year - weighted towards Inn and Guest House accommodation £112-00****

All accommodation is in Inns / hotels and good quality guest houses along the trail with ensuite rooms

*       Total days include arrival and departure days.     
**     Price per person based on two people sharing - £29-00 single persons supplement per night
***    Guided tour price with minimum of 2 persons – single person Guided supplement is £310-00

****  One off cost for additional day per person for two people ( this price is for additional non-walking days) - £129/£112.

This walk is from historic Rochester Cathedral (only 45 minutes by train from London where you are met by a Walk Awhile Tracker to take you and your luggage to your first night's accommodation) to the magnificent walled city and Cathedral of Canterbury. A large part of this walk takes the route used by pilgrims in the Middle Ages. The tour follows Kent's rural highways and by-ways, enabling the walker to discover the hidden secrets of this ancient county. The journey along the North Downs takes you through some of the oldest and finest villages in Kent.

Walking the Pilgrims Way

The Pilgims' Way journey takes you along the ridge of the North Downs, with spectacular views across the Weald of Kent and is packed with history. It also follows the sheltered slopes of the ancient track-way and passes some of the earliest areas of settlement in England and visits sites such as the Neolithic megalith Kits Coty. You visit Leeds Castle, once the home of Catherine of Aragon, and famed as 'the most beautiful castle in England'.  Nearing Canterbury you will walk through Godmersham, where Jane Austen frequently visited her brother, Edward.  You will pass through the picturesque hamlet of Harbledown, mentioned in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and follow in the footsteps of Henry II as he made his walk into Canterbury as penance for the death of Beckett. The route passes through the Iron-Age hill fort at Bigbury where Cæser fought the Belgæ in 54 BC.  There is chance to visit Leeds castle, considered to one of the most beautiful moated castles in England and explore Rochester Castle and the ruins of Thurnham castle.

This is a six day holiday (inc' arrival and departure days with five night's accommodation and 4 full days of walking packed with history on each day of the walk. This is the ideal holiday for those who wish to proceed at their own pace and start at a date and time of their own choice. Whether you take a self-led tour or a guided tour, your Walk Awhile Tracker will help you get the most out of your walk.

Self Led Tours

You will be met by a qualified tracker each day, who will take care of your luggage and take you to your first night's accommodation. The tracker will issue you with maps and an itinerary for your holiday, along with useful tips on how to get the most from each day's journey. While you proceed through the countryside along the Pilgrims Way, staff will take your luggage to your next accommodation stop.


Quality Local Inn and Guest House Accommodation: We have gone out of our way to make sure that all the Inns and Guest Houses we use welcomes walkers. You will find them to be friendly, with good cooking and comfortable bedrooms. Accommodation is located near to places of interest along the route and within walking distance of restaurants and public houses. All bookings include breakfast and a packed lunch. Your luggage will be transported by a tracker to your next destination.

The Trekker Option - walk the whole Pilgrims' Way - Winchester to Canterbury

These have been designed specifically for those wishing to undertake the whole Pilgrims' Way between Winchester and Canterbury, which is 130 miles over 14 days. Unlike the main self-led and guided Walk Awhile holidays, the Trekker option simply arrange the basics for you including all accommodation, breakfast and luggage transfer each day - and we are at the end of the phone should you need advice. The trekker plus option is £1569 per person)

Enquire online or call 01227 752762

Pilgrims Way near Kits Coty burial chamber
Ancient Trackway - Pilgrims' Way

Enquire online or call 01227 752762.

More about the Pilgrims Way at www.nationaltrail.co.uk
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