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Join us on Saturday 29th September for a variety of beautiful guided walks finishing in Wye as part of the North Downs Way Pilgrims Festival, followed by a Pilgrims Feast in the Church and a performance of pilgrim songs by Dr Guy Hayward of the British Pilgrimage Trust.

Guided walks are free but the Pilgrims Feast costs £8 per person and must be booked.

Choose from a variety of pilgrimage-related themes: British Pilgrimage Trust; Refugee Tales; Ash Pilgrimage; Map Reading; Mindfulness; Augustine Camino. There are different lengths and grades of difficulty to suit all needs and interests.

We’ve teamed up with OS Maps to offer festival-goers a FREE one-month subscription to OS Maps as part of National Get Outside Day. You’ll receive your code over email for bookable events or you can pick up a code at the festival for non-bookable events.


Augustine Camino – Faversham to Wye

Saturday 29th September 8.30am to 4.30pm

Cost: Free, booking required

Meeting point: Reception at the Shrine of St Jude Shrine of St Jude, Faversham, ME13 7JL. Ends: Wye

Children accompanied by adults most welcome, but must be able to walk 13 miles. 

Well behaved dogs on lead welcome (but unfortunately can’t come into the church)

Bring water, sunscreen, waterproof, small rucksack, picnic (if not requiring lunch at the pub).

A 13 mile Day Walk from the Shrine of St Jude Faversham to Wye, arriving in time for the Festival Pilgrim Feast. The route takes us through woodland and pasture (including the famous King’s Wood) before descending the Downs to Wye. There are a number of interesting village churches along the way such as St James’s Sheldwich, where we will be welcomed by fellow Augustine Camino pilgrims. Also en route is All Saints, Boughton Aluph which includes the porch where pilgrims used to gather before crossing King’s Wood together for safety (hopefully this will not be necessary on our walk!). Lunch will be at the Red Lion Badlesmere.



A Micro-Pilgrimage from Brook to Wye

Saturday 29th September 12.30pm to 3.00pm

Cost: Free Booking required

Meeting Point: The Honest Miller, The Street, Brook, TN25 5PG. Ends: Wye Church. Contact on the day: Guy Hayward 07841 518110

Bring packed lunch, trusty walking footwear, waterproofs (if needed); water, comfortable clothes and backpack.  

Guy Hayward, The British Pilgrimage Trust, will lead this 2.2 mile micro-pilgrimage beginning with lunch at Brook pub. We will start walking from St Mary’s Church, Brook, with its famous medieval wall paintings, through fields via the ancient holy well of St Eustace (with purification for safe drinking, and possible immersion!) and arriving at our destination, St Gregory’s and St Martin’s Church, Wye, for the Pilgrims Feast (you can book the feast separately here. Guy will sing some pilgrim songs for 15 minutes at 7pm after the Pilgrims Feast

A fresh approach to the ancient art of pilgrimage, set amid the hidden holy land of rural East Kent.

Open to All (Bring your own Beliefs), this Pilgrimage will include:

  • New ways of meeting old Churches
  • Group pilgrim songs on the path
  • Opportunities for silence
  • Rediscovering your place in the British pilgrimage tradition
  • Holy and Historic sites




Refugee Tales Walk – Chilham to Wye

Saturday 29th September 10.45am-3.30pm

Cost: Free, booking required

Meeting point: Shelly’s Tea Rooms, Chilham, CT4 8BY. Ends: Wye

Bring a packed lunch and water.

Children ages 10+ with parents welcome.  Unfortunately dogs are not able to attend.

Join this inspirational charity for a walk in the heart of Kent.  Refugee Tales will lead a walk with time to reflect on the journeys that refugees make to seek sanctuary.  Mixing quintessential Kent landscape in the footsteps of pilgrims with extracts from Refugee Tales, a powerful book that tells the stories of individuals who have direct experience of Britain’s policy of indefinite immigration detention.  The tales present as modern day counterparts to the pilgrims’ stories in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.  Poet David Herd will read the Prologue to Refugee Tales during the lunch walk.  David Herd and fellow poet Hubert Moore will read two Tales at the end of the walk at Wye Church before the pilgrim’s feast at 5pm.

Refugee Tales is a wonderful way of re-humanising some of the most vulnerable and demonised people on the planet. This collection is both challenging and poignant.’  Shami Chakrabarti 

The walk starts in Chilham and heads south along the North Downs Way through the beautiful Kings Wood. We pass the pilgrim church of Boughton Aluph and turn left to Wye. The walk is 6.5 or 7 miles. The first ascent out of Chilham is a little steep and there is one descent but the rest of the walk is very gentle.

Walk Leader: Christina Fitzsimons, emergency contact 07721 010577.

Saturday 29 September 2018, 10:30-3:30pm

Cost: Free, booking required

Meeting point: St Gregory and St Martin Church, Wye, 38 Church St, Wye, Ashford TN25 5BL. Ends: Wye


Join Madeleine Hodge (The Ash Project) and David Carey (Kent Tree Wardens) for a five mile circular walk along the North Downs Way from Hucking Estate to the newly launched sculpture by Ackroyd and Harvey. We will explore the ancient cultural connections we share with ash trees in our landscapes. It starts and ends in Wye in time for the Pilgrims Feast.

In this walk we explore  the incredible history of the ash tree, the world tree, the tree of the druids, the tree of life, we will see how it marks landscapes and walking routes along the Downs. We will walk from the giant ash trees at the Hucking Estate to Ash to Ash, a pair of monolithic sculptural works by the internationally renowned artists, which are both a celebration of ash trees and memorial to the devastating effects of ash dieback on the most common tree in the Kent Downs.

Ash Dieback will bring significant rapid change to landscapes across England, it is already affecting the woodlands at Hucking, changing their appearance, how we use woodlands and their ecological balance. For thousands of years, our woodlands have been changing over time, largely due to climate and the impact of man’s activities. We will look at the history of the Hucking Estate and discover how this woodland has been used in the past. We will explore this amazing woodland as it stands proud on the North Kent Downs today, and peer into the crystal ball of the future of landscapes in Kent.

The walk is presented by the Kent Tree and Pond Wardens, a fantastic group of volunteers that work across Kent and Medway to care for trees in our communities.

Charing Palace to Wye Walk

Saturday 29th September 11.30am-3pm

Free,  booking required – phone Maggi Hill 01233 712275

Location: Archbishop’s Palace, Charing, Market Place, TN27 0LP

Bring packed lunch

Children with parents welcome.  Well behaved dogs on leads welcome (but won’t be able to enter church)

Join the Charing Palace Trust for a walk along the North Downs Way to the Pilgrims Festival in Wye. Charing lies at the foot of the North Downs in Kent, just off the route taken by pilgrims for centuries on their way to Canterbury Cathedral. At its heart is a twelve hundred year-old gem of architectural and historical importance – The Archbishop’s Palace. This complex of buildings was once domain of over fifty Archbishops of Canterbury, host to many of England’s kings and was witness to some of the most significant events in European history. Charing Palace Trust is working to save this amazing heritage from decline and bring it into use for pilgrims, walkers, community and visitors.

The walk is 7 miles and will take about 3 hours to complete at a leisurely pace. The group will leave the Archbishop’s Palace at 11.30 am and stop for lunch en-route (please bring your own packed lunch). Arriving at St Gregory & St Martin Church we can join other festival walkers for complimentary coffees and cakes. The return to Charing may be by train, a shuttle of cars, or if you’re fit and keen, another walk. This will depend on numbers and your preferred option.



Mindfulness Walk

Saturday 29th September 11am – 2:30pm

Cost: Free, booking required

Meeting point: St Gregory and St Martin Church, Wye (circular walk)

Children 12+ accompanied by an adult most welcome.  Unfortunately dogs are not able to attend.

Join Bridget Reader on a walk from the church up to the Wye Crown and along to the Devil’s Kneading Trough, returning through farm fields to Wye. We will incorporate meditation practices into the walk, and parts of the walk will be in silence.

These practices will be simple and will not focus on any religious theme. There will be an opportunity to reflect on your personal experience of the meditation and make notes if you wish. Please bring your own materials for note taking.


Map Reading Walk and Workshop

Saturday 29th September 2018, 10am-3pm

Cost: Free, booking required

Location: St Gregory and St Martin’s Church, Wye and field trip

Adult participants only.  Unfortunately dogs are not able to attend.

Are you baffled by maps? Do you know your dips from your scarps? Can you plan & time a walk? What happens when you are lost? What is a grid reference? Join the workshop to answer these questions and more.

The day will be split into an indoor workshop at the Church followed by a field trip along the North Downs Way to the Wye Crown, returning along the ridge towards Crundale Church, following the Stour Valley Walk back to Wye (approx. 8-9 km/ 2 ½ hrs). Coffees and cake available in church at end of walk.