Epsom and Ewell Group

2007/08 The Pilgrims Way

Tricia sent us this report:

DSCN0517PilgrimsWay2008Our Pilgrimage started in May 2007 at the door of The St Cross Hospital and Almshouse of Noble Poverty just outside Winchester. Here we received the Wayfarers' Dole, some bread and ale as the Pilgrims of old were given, and then started on our 144-mile journey to Canterbury. Each section was walked on the first Saturday of each month plus an overnight stay and two days walking to finish with a flourish in April 2008.

We followed St Swithuns Way, a modern version of the route, to Farnham then we picked up The North Downs Way which took us to Canterbury. Unfortunately Foot and Mouth affected the area south of Guildford and a little rearrangement of the route was required.

On each section we met one or two of Chaucer's pilgrims, courtesy of "The Pilgrims Progress". In fact we came across a jovial monk en route just to show us we were still on track. The weather changed as we walked, from lovely spring days, hot summer days to a raging blizzard on our final approach to Canterbury in April 2008! Bedraggled but in good spirits we entered the cathedral after Evensong and were greeted by Canon Clare and taken to the crypt for a few prayers to mark the end of the pilgrimage.

The photo shows one of the other Pilgrims the group met on the Way! (Photo: A Russell)

Sunday, April 22, 2018