London to Canterbury: Exploring the Pilgrims Route
109 km / 68 miles
Gtr London, Kent
A pilgrimage route from Westminster Abbey to Canterbury Cathedral. This is one of a series of Pilgrim walks devised by John Merrill and visits many religious and historical sites. Inevitably the traditional pilgrims route is now a busy modern transport corridor and this pedestrian route involves substantial road-walking, much on or near the busy A2, but with some quiet byways. After crossing Southwark Bridge, the route follows the Thames, then visits Greenwich Park, heading out through the suburbs to Gravesend and onward to the Medway towns, where the Saxon Shore is briefly followed, continuing via Faversham to reach Canterbury Cathedral, location of the Shrine to Thomas Becket. The route links two World Heritage Sites: London's Westminster Abbey (part of the London Site) and the Canterbury Site (Canterbury Cathedral, St Augustine's Abbey, and St Martin's Church), while visiting a third, Maritime Greenwich, and passing close to a fourth, the Tower of London.
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