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Walking the Pilgrims' Way - North Downs Way;
Guided Group Walks  for 2018 (by arrangement)
 - full board (minimum 4 people) - see self-led and guided for the standard half-board packages

Pilgrims Way near Kits Coty burial chamberThis guided group walking holiday, established by author Derek Bright, is specifically aimed at small parties (4 or more people) from organisations, work places or groups of friends and includes full board.  This differs from our normal guided or self-led packages, which do not include evening meals. It follows the ancient Pilgrims' Way between Rochester to Canterbury . It is excellent value at £1132-00 per person. Each day of the walk is packed with history as it follows one of the oldest routes in the country. This walk is from historic Rochester Cathedral (only 45 minutes by train from London ) to the magnificent walled city and Cathedral of Canterbury. On average you cover 10 miles each day and your guide is on hand and walks with you each day. Accommodation is in specially chosen Inns, hotels and local guest houses along the way.

Based on Walk Awhile's national charity walks, a large part of this fully guided walking holiday takes the route used by pilgrims in the Middle Ages. The walking holiday follows Kent 's rural highways and by-ways, enabling the walker to discover the hidden secrets of this ancient county. The journey along the North Downs is through some of the oldest and finest villages in Kent . The walk takes you along the ridge of the North Downs, with spectacular views across the Weald. It also follows the sheltered slopes used by the ancient track-way and passes some of the earliest areas of settlement in England and visits sites such as the Neolithic megalith Kits Coty. The walk visits Leeds Castle, which is considered to be the most beautiful castle in England, and once the home of Catherine of Aragon.

Nearing Canterbury you will pass through Godmersham, where Jane Austen often stayed with her brother, Edward.  You will pass through the picturesque hamlet of Harbledown, mentioned in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and follow in the footsteps of Henry II as he made his walk into Canterbury as penance for the death of Beckett. The route goes through the Iron-Age hill fort at Bigbury where Cæser fought the Belgæ in 54 BC. This is a six day, five night walk packed with history on each day of the walk.

Guided Group - Pilgrims' Way Walking Holiday
This is the ideal holiday for those who wish to walk with other people in a small group (4 people) and have a guide on hand every inch of the way. Most of the accommodation is in local Kent Inns with plenty of historic character. Your luggage is transferred by Land Rover each day and all your meals are arranged for you, including a relaxing 2-course meal in a local Inn or restaurant each evening. You enjoy the walk and Walk Awhile does everything else.

Accommodation: Quality local inns, hotels and guest house accommodation: We have gone out of our way to make sure that all the Inns, hotels and Guest House accommodation we use welcome walkers. You will find them to be friendly, with good cooking and comfortable bedrooms. All bookings include evening meals, breakfast and packed lunches. Your luggage will be transported by your guides to your next destination.

Telephone ++ (0)1227 752762 or email walk@walkawhile.co.uk for more information about this walk

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