The Pilgrims' Way to Canterbury begins in two ancient religious centres, Winchester and Southwark
The routes converge outside London before continuing through Kent.
Southwark has numerous Winchester connections. It was once part of the huge Diocese of Winchester, the Cathedral has an east end screen similar to the one at Winchester Cathedral, the Bishop of Winchester lived next door to the Cathedral and the Tabard inn in Borough High Street, from where pilgrims set out, was owned by a Winchester Abbey.
The Tabard is where Geoffrey Chaucer's diverse characters in The Canterbury Tales gather for their journey to Canterbury.
Archbishop Thomas Becket stayed in Southwark just weeks before his dramatic murder in Canterbury which sparked the centuries of pilgrimage now being revived.
All those who are undertaking a pilgrimage for spiritual reasons or with an openess to learn and be changed by the experience can pick up a Pilgrim's Passport pack from the Cathedral Shop for £1. This pack will includes a Pilgrim Passport, Prayer Card and a Journey of Hope booklet produced by the Cathedral which can also be downloaded for free at the links.
As you progress along the route, ask Churches or local businesses, B&Bs, pubs, or cafes to stamp and date your passport.
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.