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Canterbury Trails; a Walking-Talking-Writing Pilgrimage
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- An abundant co-facilitated walking-talking-writing 6-day pilgrimage along the ancient Pilgrim’s Way to Canterbury.
Join ipse wilderness in collaboration with The Write Road for this immersive journey into story-telling and self-discovery. Following in the footsteps of ancient English story-telling traditions, we will be using Chaucer’s framework as inspiration for creative writing, as well as exploring the stories we tell about ourselves, and using the landscape to connect us to authentic self-expression as we share with others the journey of our lives on this deeply nourishing co-facilitated pilgrimage. New writers welcome.
Route: Footpaths of Pilgrim’s Way and North Downs Way, through fields, orchards and woods.
Accommodation: Charming, quirky and boutique; glamping tents, shepherd’s huts and shared rooms in hotels and inns. Single supplement available on request.
Difficulty: Nourishing; walking distance 42 miles, 5-9 miles per day, undulating route, pace 2mph with frequent stops for rest and writing, including a morning’s visit to Leeds Castle.
Day 1: Rochester to Kit’s Coty (7 miles)
Opening ceremony at Rochester Castle 10am. Packed lunch at Blue Bell Hill.
Overnight at Kit’s Coty Glamping. Pub supper. Evening writing workshop.
Day 2: Kit’s Coty to Hollingbourne (9 miles)
Continental breakfast. Depart 9am. Pub lunch in Thurnham.
Overnight at Leeds Castle Knight’s Glamping. Pub supper. Evening writing workshop.
Day 3: Hollingbourne to Lenham (5 miles)
Leisurely morning for sight-seeing, writing and brunch at Leeds Castle.
Overnight at Dog & Bear in Lenham. Evening writing workshop.
Day 4: Lenham to Boughton Lees (9 miles)
B&B breakfast. Depart 9am. Lunch at pub in Charing.
Overnight at Flying Horse in Boughton Lees. Pub supper. Evening writing workshop.
Day 5: Boughton Lees to Chilham (6 miles)
B&B breakfast. Depart 9am. Packed lunch en route.
Overnight at Woolpack Inn in Chilham. Restaurant supper. Evening writing workshop.
Day 6: Chilham to Canterbury (6 miles)
B&B breakfast. Depart 9am. Cafe lunch in Canterbury. Cathedral visit. Closing ceremony. Train back to Rochester for departure / onwards travel.
Contact Julia at ipse wilderness to book. 50% deposit payable on booking. Balance due 10th June.
- Start Date
- End Date
- Start location
- Address Line 1
- Rochester Castle
- Address Line 2
- Castle Hill
- ME1 1SW
- End location
- Address Line 1
- Canterbury Cathedral
- Address Line 2
- 11 The Precincts
- CT1 2EH
- South East England
- Travel Advice
- Travel to Rochester and stay overnight on Saturday 6th, or arrive in the morning for meeting and opening ceremony at the Castle Sunday 7th 10am.
Good transport links from London and South East.
We will return via train from Canterbury to Rochester for departure, or arrange your own onward travel from Canterbury after 5pm on Friday 12th July.
- What To Bring
- • a day rucksack – around 20-30 litres
• walking boots – broken in and comfortable, not new
• comfortable clothes for walking, including a jumper or warm layers
• a change of clothes in case of downpour, especially spare socks
• a small first aid kit - medications, plasters, anti-histamines, pain-killers
• a set of simple evening clothes
• a journal or notebook and pen
• a pair of light sandals, slippers or flip-flops for the evenings
• a wash-kit
• a towel or sarong
• a re-usable water bottle – 1 litre minimum
• a waterproof jacket (and trousers, if you wish)
• sun-cream, sun hat and sunglasses
• money for snacks, meals, ice creams etc - most places do not take card, and cash machines are few and far between
• a Tupperware to carry packed lunches
• a book/cards etc for leisure time
• phone and charger
• a camera
• nuts and snacks e.g. trailmix
- 42 miles
- Maximum Size Of Group
- £650 including all accommodation, breakfasts, activities and workshops