Discover the Via Francigena Walking Route from Canterbury

The Via Francigena starts beside the south porch of Canterbury Cathedral at the kilometre zero stone. Pilgrims Passports are stamped at the Information Centre in the Cathedral Precincts.

Leave the Cathedral via the Christchurch Gate and turn left onto Burgate and continue along Church Street and Longport, beside St Augustine's Abbey. After passing North Holmes Road and St Martin's Church, turn right onto Pilgrim's Way and begin to follow the signs for the North Downs Way.

The pathway to Dover is nearly 20 miles long and will take between seven and eight hours on foot. The pathway offers opportunities to return to Canterbury by train using the stations at Bekesbourne, Adisham, Aylesham, Shepherdswell and Dover Priory.

Mountain bike users and horse-riders can also use the route as far as Shepherdswell where they are advised to follow National Cycle Route 16 to avoid the many stiles.

map showing the via francigena walking route from Canterbury to Rome


North Downs Way National Trail

The North Downs Way is a long distance footpath through Farnham in Surrey to the Kent coast at Dover. It is 156 miles long, including a loop via Canterbury at the eastern end. The path runs along the chalk ridge of the North Downs and despite going through one of the most built yp parts of Britain, it still takes in plenty of open and beautiful countryside rich in heritage. The North Downs Way is one of 15 designated National Trails taking in some of the best landscapes in England and Wales.

See the trail! You can now see exactly what the North Downs Way looks like using the Google Trekker camera. 

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