Old Way

The British Pilgrimage Trust has rediscovered one of Britain’s great pilgrimage routes: the Old Way, a 250 mile journey from Southampton to Canterbury.

An Ancient Route

Similar to the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain, this pilgrimage path was almost forgotten – but the BPT rediscovered it on Britain’s oldest road map (Gough Map, c.1360). This map reveals an intriguing red line running between Southampton and Canterbury. Taking our cue from the Gough Map’s key waypoints, the BPT has created a new long-distance pilgrimage route based on an ancient old way.

A GPX download of the route is available for free for all pilgrims.

Get Old Way GPX Files

Click for instructions on how to use a GPX file

Gough Map, c. 1360
The original Old Way route

Our criteria for re-creating this route have been:

1. The Gough Map Waypoints

2. Footpaths not Roads

3. Heritage and Holy Places

4. Nature and Beauty

Our Old Way Online Guide tells you everything to know to walk Old Way – it breaks the route down into 38 sections (plus alternate route options). Each section is about a half-day’s walk.

Find out more about our Old Way Online Guide

Please be aware: Old Way is not yet waymarked on the ground, so navigation is via the GPX files – or via our Online Guide.

Summerhouse Hill (section 34)

Walk well pilgrims!