Archbishop joins pilgrims walking through Canterbury, 2pm Sunday 5 October

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will celebrate the ancient tradition of pilgrimage on Sunday 5 October 2014 by walking with pilgrims through Canterbury and by preaching at Evensong in the Cathedral.

Starting at 2pm, in the Westgate Gardens, Archbishop Justin will join the Bishop of Dover, Trevor Willmott and Canon Pastor of the Cathedral, Clare Edwards, to walk the final mile with a group of pilgrims – some of whom will have walked 44 milesover the previous week.

Canterbury and the Cathedral have long since had a historic connection with pilgrimage and as a holy place and part of a World Heritage Site, the Cathedral still welcomes Pilgrims today. It is a destination for those who have travelled the Pilgrim’s Way, the ancient Pilgrim paths from Winchester, Rochester and Southwark and it is often the starting point for those en route to European Pilgrimage sites such as Santiago de Compostela in Spain and the Via Francigena to Rome.

Events are taking place from Friday 3 October to Sunday 5 October to celebrate the heritage and tradition of Pilgrimage and will culminate with the Archbishop of Canterbury preaching at a celebratory Evensong on Sunday at 3.15pm.

Speaking about pilgrimage, Canon Clare commented: “Pilgrims come from all around the world. For some, Canterbury is their destination; and for others the place from which they set out. They travel on foot, bicycle, horseback, in vintage cars, disability scooters, cars and coaches. You name it, they do it! It’s wonderful to be part of their journeys”

The weekend’s celebrations will mark the launch of the –  the Canterbury Diocesan Green Pilgrimage Network Canterbury Partnership a global network of pilgrim cities and sacred sites whose vision is that pilgrims, and the places that host them, will become models of care for the environment.


Further information from: Emily Shepherd, Director of Communications, Canterbury Diocese 01227 459 401, 07876 210 446,


Information on the Pilgrims’ Way website.