Bevs Pilgrimage Blog

Via Francigena

posted 15 Jul 2015, 03:15 by Mark Ramsden   [ updated 15 Jul 2015, 05:59 ]

Canterbury to Rome 1200 miles


Look how the original pilgrims travelled – by horseback if they could afford it. Bev is doing the modern equivalent – travelling by open-topped car. However, not being too concerned about historical accuracy, the roof will be up if the weather dictates.

 

The Via Francigena was first mentioned in the 3rd century and is Europe's oldest route of pilgrimage. After leaving England, it winds through Arras and Reims (France) and Lausanne (Switzerland) before reaching Tuscany and some of Italy's most beautiful landscapes, before heading down to Rome, the eternal city.

The earliest map of the road was made in around 990 by Sigeric the Serious, the then Archbishop of Canterbury, who made the pilgrimage to Rome to receive his pallium (ecclesiastical vestments.)


https://sites.google.com/a/llandudnomethodists.org.uk/llandudno-methodists/bevs-pilgrimage-blog/viafrancigena/viaf-map.jpg

 

Start

End

Via

Distance (miles)

Comments

Canterbury

Calais

Dover

19

The original pilgrims did not have a tunnel, so the ferry is the right way to cross the Channel.

Calais

Arras

Wissant

77

Wissant, not Calais, was the old port for crossings from Britain to France.

Arras

Reims

 

118

 

Reims

Besancon

 

212

 

Besancon

Lausanne

 

84

 

Lausanne

The Great St Bernard Pass

 

78

 

 

Great St Bernard Pass

Vercelli

 

123

 

Vercelli

The Passo della Cisa

 

152

 

Passo della Cisa

Lucca

 

87

 

Lucca

Siena

 

75

 

Siena

Rome

 

159

 

 

We expect to have set off by 24th September, and for the journey down to take about 11 days, with plenty of stops to see the sights and drive beautiful routes.

 

 

Draft Itinerary - The Walk

posted 15 Jul 2015, 03:13 by Mark Ramsden   [ updated 15 Jul 2015, 05:57 ]






Date

Start

End

Distance (miles)

Tue 08/09/15

Llandudno

Winchester

 

Wed 09/09/15

Winchester

Alresford

9

Thu 10/09/15

Alresford

Alton

12

Fri 11/09/15

Alton

Farnham

13

Sat 12/09/15

Farnham

Guildford

11

Sun 13/09/15

Guildford

Westhumble

13

Mon 14/09/15

Westhumble

Merstham

10

Tue 15/09/15

Merstham

Oxted

8

Wed 16/09/15

Oxted

Otford

12

Thu 17/09/15

Otford

Cuxton

15

Fri 18/09/15

Cuxton

Detling

12

Sat 19/09/15

Detling

Lenham

10

Sun 20/09/15

Lenham

Chilham

15

Mon 21/09/15

Chilham

Canterbury

7

Introduction

posted 15 Jul 2015, 03:11 by Mark Ramsden   [ updated 15 Jul 2015, 05:55 ]

The Pilgrim’s Way

Winchester to Canterbury 147 miles

The Pilgrims' Way is an ancient track between Winchester and Canterbury, through 
Hampshire, Surrey and Kent. Though not itself a single promoted long distance path,
it is approximated by the St Swithun's and North Downs Ways.

From Winchester the St Swithun's Way seeks to trace the pilgrim routes to Farnham 
in what is now a busy transport corridor. From Farnham the Pilgrim's Way is mainly 
coincident with much of the North Downs Way National Trail. The North Downs Way
follows the crest of the southern escarpment of the North Downs or footpaths and 
tracks along their lower slopes while the Pilgrim's Way often keeps to the spring-line. 

There are views over the Weald to the South Downs and several steepish ascents 
where the ridge is cut by valleys, notably those of the Mole at Box Hill, the Darent at
Otford, the Medway at Rochester, and the Stour near Wye. 

The route mostly provides fairly easy walking through woods, over chalk grassland, 
minor roads and, especially in Kent, through orchards and farmland.

Extract from Long Distance Walkers Association website www.ldwa.org.uk

Bev used to live in East Grinstead, West Sussex, which is a few miles south of the
route. She used to work in Hampshire as an IT salesperson and later trained as a 
minister with the Anglicans, partly in the Canterbury diocese. Thus, for her, it is also 
retracing the pilgrimage of her life journey to date.

All dates are approximations. Actual walking dates will be affected by the weather, 
interesting things and people to see along the way, and blisters…

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