The Friends of Southwark Cathedral host a number of events throughout 2020

2020 Programme

Pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral

23 May - 29 May 2020

2020 marks an important dual anniversary for the extraordinary figure of Thomas Becket. It will be 850 years since his dramatic murder on the 29 December 1170 in Canterbury Cathedral, and 800 years since his body was moved on the 7 July 1220 from a tomb in the crypt of the cathedral into a glittering shrine.

The events of 1220 were orchestrated to relaunch the cult of Becket, and ensured that Canterbury became the principal pilgrimage destination in England and one of the major pilgrimage sites within Europe.

Thomas Becket gave his last sermon at Southwark Cathedral, then set off for Canterbury on the Pilgrim's Way

Joined by the Dean, the Very Revd Andrew Nunn, this pilgrimage will take the route of the pilgrims from Southwark to Canterbury. 

During our walk we will gather pilgrim’s stamps at various locations and there will be time for worship together lead by the Dean.

The cost is £100.00 per person for the 8 day walk or £15.00 per day where you can choose what day's to join us. 

For further information about this exciting new pilgrimage please visit the link here or contact Kate Dean.

Practice Walks

We prepare for our pilgrimage to Canterbury by carrying out some practice walks beforehand although these are open to everyone. and free for all to join.

Saturday 29 February

Led by Barbara Moss

Halling to Rochester Cathedral for Choral Evensong

This walk follows stage 11A of the Pilgrims' Way, from Halling to Rochester.  About six miles, but the middle section, along the river bank, could be muddy, which would slow us down.  Estimated time 2.5 to 3 hours.

We will meet at Halling Station ready to begin the walk at 11.15.  You can take the 11:04 train from Strood to Halling. This gives us time for a relaxing late lunch in Rochester before Choral Evensong in the Cathedral at 15:15.  When we visit the Cathedral will be host to the touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram “Museum of the Moon”.  You may like to take the opportunity to see this amazing art installation.

You are advised to check trains from London to Strood the day before, as there may be engineering works.

Saturday 21 March

Meet at 10.00 at Orpington Railway Station – Car Park Side (NOT the bus station) for a nine mile circular walk, via Farnborough Village to Downe – returning to Orpington Station by approximately 16.00, with a pub lunch in Downe at Charles Darwin’s favourite local – the George & Dragon.

It is possible to leave the walk at Downe and take a bus back to Orpington or Bromley South. 

This walk is moderately difficult.

Saturday 25 April

Meet at 10.00 at Longfield Station for an eleven mile walk to Swanley Station, with a café break at Speedgate Farm, and lunch at The Malt Shovel at Eynsford. It is possible to leave the walk at Eynsford and take a train to London from Eynsford Station.

This walk will be fairly hard going.

Saturday 16 May

Meet at 10.00 at Borough Green Station for an undulating 10 mile cross-country walk to Sevenoaks. For those travelling by train Return Tickets to Borough Green are required. We will walk from Borough Green via Plaxtol to lunch at The Kentish Rifleman, then on via Ightam Mote and Knole Park to Sevenoaks Station. Alas there are no drop-off points on this route except by private arrangement. 

This is a hard walk.


For further information about The Friends events please contact Kate Dean by email or telephone 020 7367 6724

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