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)
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