These are our preliminary GPX route files for the Old Way pilgrimage to Canterbury. A GPX file allows pilgrims to follow the route without signposts, on a map that tells them where they are! It is magical modern tech. To use these GPX files, either click on them on your phone and then ‘open with’ your preferred navigation app (I like Memory Map and Galileo Pro). If you are downloading them to your computer, simply email them to your phone so they can be open on your preferred app (click here for detailed guidance for Galileo Pro). Don’t forget, you can use GPX files on your phone while in airplane mode, without signal, data or wi-fi. Just be sure your app has downloaded the maps offline before you begin!
Will is currently working on a guidebook and accommodation lists for Old Way, which will be ready for the launch of our 2019 Pioneer Year. In the meantime, if you want to walk a section of the Old Way, please do download one or all of these stages, take your staff and step onto the path. And don’t forget to send us feedback!
Please note – these stage divisions are not binding. Start and finish where you choose. We are still working out the best rhythm for this pilgrimage, and different pilgrims saunter at different paces – so customise the way to make it work for you.
Stage 1: Southampton to Hamble (8.5 miles / 13.5 km)
Stage 2: Hamble to Wickham (12.5 miles / 20 km)
Stage 3: Wickham to Havant (12.5 miles / 20 km)
Stage 4: Havant to Apuldram (13.5 miles / 21.5 km)
Stage 5: Apuldram to Slindon via Chichester (12.5 miles / 20km)
Stage 6: Slindon to Findon via Arundel (14 miles / 22.5 km)
Stage 7: Findon to Bramber via Chanctonbury (12.5 miles / 20 km)
Stage 8: Bramber to Ditchling (12.5 miles / 20 km)
Stage 9: Ditchling to Lewes (12 miles / 19.5 km)
Stage 10: Lewes to Wilmington (15 miles / 24 km)
Stage 11: Wilmington to Wartling (14 miles / 22.5 km)
Stage 12: Wartling to Battle (11 miles / 17.5 km)
Stage 13: Battle to Winchelsea (13.5 miles / 21.5 km)
Stage 14: Winchelsea to Warehorne (14.5 miles / 23.5 km)
Stage 15: Warehorne to Lympne (12 miles / 19.5 km)
Stage 16: Lympne to Elham (11 miles / 17.5 km)
Stage 17: Elham to Littlebourne (13 miles / 21 km)
Stage 18: Littlebourne to Canterbury (6.5 miles / 10.5 km)
FINISTERRE Stage 19: Canterbury to West Stourmouth (9.5 miles / 15 km)
FINISTERRE Stage 20 West Stourmouth to Sandwich & Shell Ness (13 miles / 21 km)