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onwayhome

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Frances Ponferrada-Santiago,(c1986)
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St Michaels Way (2016)
Saint Augustine's Camino goes from Rochester Cathedral to the shrine of St Augustine in Ramsgate, via Canterbury, a total of 67miles (108 Km) spread over seven days using the suggested stages. Although recently developed, the walk visits places rich in pilgrim history, current centres of contemplation and passes through some stunning Kent countryside.

Highlights for me included enjoying a filling breakfast in the medieval pilgrim hall at Aylesford priory, walking alongside reedbeds and waterways alive with frog and bird calls in the Stodmarsh nature reserve, sitting in the deep candle lit silence in Canterbury Cathedral Crypt and seeing the largest vineyard in England being created in the shelter of the North Downs.

There's a guidebook and pilgrim passport available from augustinecamino.co.uk which has colour photos, large scale maps and clear route descriptions that mostly succeed in the difficult task of giving enough information without getting bogged down in detail. The route is almost entirely on public footpaths with some walking on minor roads here and there. In some places these paths are little used and might need a bit of opening up. I used GPS several times while crossing large fields where the path had been ploughed away and for deciding on unmarked woodland paths. There is a GPX file available for download from the excellent British Pilgrimage Trust website, though this differs from the guidebook route in places so it's a good idea to compare them before setting off.

The challenge with most English routes is the lack of pilgrim orientated infrastructure and this is no exception, though there are some budget accommodation options. Unusually there is also the possibility of bag transport, support and pre booking of places to stay available via the website.

I enjoyed walking this very much, many thanks to thank Andrew and Paula Kelly for all their work in developing and supporting the route.
 

dougfitz

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Camino(s) past & future
Spain: Mar 2010, Apr 2012, May/Jun 2016. Norway/Sweden: 2012, 2018. Other: 2011
Thank you for this report. I am considering doing this pilgrimage later this year when I will be visiting family in England as an alternative to one of the shorter Camino de Santiago routes.

Did you get your accommodation booked? And other activities? And did you get your bag transported? I would be interested in how well these things were done?
 

onwayhome

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances Ponferrada-Santiago,(c1986)
Frances SJPP-Santiago (2011)
Portuguese Porto- Finisterre (2016)
St Michaels Way (2016)
Thank you for this report. I am considering doing this pilgrimage later this year when I will be visiting family in England as an alternative to one of the shorter Camino de Santiago routes.

Did you get your accommodation booked? And other activities? And did you get your bag transported? I would be interested in how well these things were done?
I decided to make my own arrangements for accommodation ( booked via a mix of phone and booking.com) and carry a light-ish pack so can't comment on how the organised booking and transport side works out. Andrew Kelly is behind the organising, he was helpful to me and seemed very approachable if you wanted to talk any arrangements through with him. (Contact him via the website).
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portugues (October 2018)
Augustine Camino (July 2019)
Thank you for this report. I am considering doing this pilgrimage later this year when I will be visiting family in England as an alternative to one of the shorter Camino de Santiago routes.

Did you get your accommodation booked? And other activities? And did you get your bag transported? I would be interested in how well these things were done?
Doug, I am headed to this Camino mid-July....
 

dougfitz

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Camino(s) past & future
Spain: Mar 2010, Apr 2012, May/Jun 2016. Norway/Sweden: 2012, 2018. Other: 2011
Doug, I am headed to this Camino mid-July....
I would be interested to know how it goes for you. I have contacted Andrew Kelly and already have some information about doing this in late autumn, and it is starting to look like a good option from a family perspective even if my personal preference would be to walk one of the Camino de Santiago routes.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portugues (October 2018)
Augustine Camino (July 2019)
I would be interested to know how it goes for you. I have contacted Andrew Kelly and already have some information about doing this in late autumn, and it is starting to look like a good option from a family perspective even if my personal preference would be to walk one of the Camino de Santiago routes.
Will do. I have everything ready to go. Should be an interesting British Camino :)
 

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