(Scroll down for more events – they are in date order)
Art Pilgrimage along the full route
A group of local artists are walking the full route in stages with a view to organising exhibitions and a book based on their experiences. To follow their progress click here https://tinyurl.com/v5am83v
Men’s Pilgrimage Walks – organised by Holy Trinity Sittingbourne
Five free day walks for men along the Augustine Camino starting in Rochester on the 4th April and then every two weeks until the 30th May culminating in the Day of Pilgrimage and Prayer at Canterbury Cathedral. For details and booking click here https://tinyurl.com/sot7tcd
Heart of Kent Walking Festival – 25th April
Andrew will be leading a day walk from Aylesford Priory to Thurnham as part of the walking festival organised by Visit Maidstone.
Details are available here https://tinyurl.com/wumcfvx
Week Long Guided Pilgrimage along the full route
Andrew will be leading a group along the Camino starting on Sunday 3rd of May in Rochester and ending in Ramsgate on Saturday 9th May. This will be an opportunity to experience the full pilgrimage with personal tours of all the important churches along the route and welcomes from clergy. There is no better way to appreciate the pilgrimage from a spiritual, historical, architectural and artistic point of view. Not to be missed.
The cost will be £35 per person per day plus £15 per day if you require baggage transfers. You should budget £40 per night for shared accommodation or £50 for single occupancy.
For booking and availability contact email@example.com
Free Day Walk for Augustine Week – 30th May
Andrew will be leading a walk from Canterbury to Ramsgate as part of the annual week of celebrations for the feast of St Augustine. We will be starting at 8.30am at Canterbury West station and will visit the Shrine of St Thomas Becket at St Thomas’s church followed by St Martin’s – the oldest church in continuous use in the English speaking world. From there we will pass through the woods to Fordwich, Littlebourne and Wickhambreaux viewing some outstanding gothic revival and art nouveau stained glass and what may be remains from St Augustine’s original tomb. A short shared taxi ride takes us to Minster Abbey, followed by a stroll to St Augustine’s Cross and culminating in a tour of St Augustine’s in Ramsgate at about 5pm. The walk is about 12 miles long.
For booking and availability contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Guided Canterbury Pilgrimage Day Walk for Becket 2020 – June 20th
Andrew will be your guide along the last four miles of the Augustine Camino into Canterbury, visiting Bigbury Iron age fort (attacked by Julius Caesar), St Nicholas Leper Hospital Chapel with 14th century wall paintings and sloped floor for washing down after mass and St Dunstan’s from where Henry II walked barefoot in penance for the death of Thomas Becket and also the resting place of the head of Thomas More. We will arrive in time for a welcome at Canterbury Cathedral and Evensong.
For details and booking click here https://tinyurl.com/t3oxzfl
For details of previous events click here
“I chose to walk the Augustine Camino in winter, which was still beautiful. Andrew was a stellar guide and helped to tailor the journey to my interests. If you can take extra days to sketch or journal, do! There are many natural, manmade, and spiritual treasures to reflect upon along the route”
– Amanda J Sisk, USA
“I was lucky to walk the Augustine Camino during 5 crispy spring days. It was a very relaxing walk along this old pilgrimage route, passing through beautiful English countryside. We were guided by Andrew Kelly and his wife Paula’s expertise. I’d recommend it to anyone in need of a change or a break.”
– Tina Elmefjäll, Sweden
“Thank you for a thoroughly enjoyable, well paced and interesting walk. Excellent company, leadership and booklet. I’m really looking forward to the next one!”
– Margaret Marchant
“Walking the St Augustine Camino in early April was a relaxing and thoroughly enjoyable experience. Our journey through the gentle Kent countryside took us across farmland, ancient orchards and tranquil Spring woodlands. Andrew our excellent guide, led us at a leisurely pace and described the places of historical importance along the way. His knowledge of Kentish life over the centuries added another layer of discovery to our walk. Taking part in the walk offers the chance to escape the rigours of modern life for just a few days and also the opportunity to enjoy the experience that a shared walk offers. Our arrival at Canterbury Cathedral with a Pilgrim’s welcome from Canon Clare was a very special end to our 5 day camino.”
– Melanie Broadhead, Cornwall
“I decided to walk just a day of the Augustine Camino having seen the recent Pilgrimage programme on BBC television. Never having done a walk with anybody except my husband and our dogs, I had an open mind but hoped I would enjoy it. I think April was a good choice as the weather was kind to us – neither too hot nor too cold. It was really lovely to chat to the other pilgrims who were all happy to share their thoughts and reasons for walking the Camino as a group. Some had walked other well-known pilgrim routes and shared some of their experiences. I found the walk to be a nice mix of history, countryside and companionship with like-minded people – I imagine it to be a typical modern day pilgrimage. We did stop at several really interesting local churches and the Shrine of St Jude in Faversham, where we were lucky enough to meet a Carmelite monk. I really enjoyed the experience and at the end wished I could have walked one more day to finish in Canterbury and be greeted by Canon Clare at the Cathedral. I would love to do either another part of the Camino or perhaps the whole walk next time!”
– Sue, Ashford
“For anyone who enjoys walking in beautiful countryside, with sweeping rolling hills, and would like a bit extra in terms of English culture and history, I can enthusiastically recommend this trip. The local beer proved popular as well. Kent is famous for hops and beer making.”
– Katlin, London
“I went on a group tour with the Augustine Camino that was led by Andrew. It was a FANTASTIC experience. Such beautiful countryside. It was hard to believe we were just an hour or two away from the hustle and bustle of London as we walked through fields, forests, and more. Such great history too. So many highlights, but getting to see where the pilgrims from the 1300s — including Geoffrey Chaucer — stayed was a highlight. The private pilgrim tour of Canterbury Cathedral was quite memorable too. Our guide, Andrew, was perfect. He’s a born tour guide and knows both the trails and the history inside and out. I highly recommend taking a walking trip on the Augustine Camino. Ideally do 5-7 days. Or even just a 2-3 day weekend will really recharge your batteries.”
– Victor Prince, Indianapolis USA