The Walk

Chris Jackson and Rev. Tim Thorpe are planning a walk of 2000km or 1200 miles from Canterbury Cathedral to St Peters in Rome.

This is an ancient pilgrims route used for many centuries. The route we have today was documented by “Sigeric the Serious”. He was the Archbishop of Canterbury from AD990 to 994. In 990 he set forth to Rome, with a large retinue, in order to receive his Pallium (effectively his badge of office, a woven band of cloth) and he recorded the route. His notes are retained in the British Library.

The route was largely set down by AD43 when Claudius Caesar brought his armies north to mount the second invasion of Britain.

Over the centuries it has been used as a pilgrim route and the section over the Alps, the Grand St. Bernard’s  Pass, has seen many an army pass this way, including Napoleon.

The journey will involve camping, sometimes on campsites, sometimes where ever we can pitch a tent. There are also accommodations provided for pilgrims in convents, monasteries, churches and private houses. It is not possible to plan very far ahead so each day is an adventure and a challenge.

map image via francigena