Discover the ancient trackways, intimate landscapes, local businesses and small rural churches along the medieval pilgrimage routes between Canterbury and Chilham. Taking place on Friday 19 May, this mini-pilgrimage forms part of the Green Pilgrimage – Growth and Tourism Conference, which the Diocese’s Communities and Partnerships Framework is helping host with partners the Europe Interreg Green Pilgrimage group.
Led by Peter Morris, the North Downs Way Officer, places are limited for the day-long guided walk. For more details please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The conference itself is bringing world experts from across Europe – including Sweden, Italy, Romania and Norway – to talk about how they have been developing pilgrim routes and sites in their own countries to inspire others as to the environmental, economic and spiritual wellbeing opportunities offered by pilgrimage and long distance walking.
Pilgrimage has become something of a growth area in recent years, with the routes like the St James Way to Santiago de Compostela in Spain (also known as the Camino), experiencing a 46 per cent growth in religious and non-religious pilgrimage in the last 17 years. With increasing numbers, the duty and potential for pilgrims and walkers to have a positive impact on the environment is significant.