Guided tours – £50 per person per day (minimum two people). The £50 fee includes accommodation booking and itinerary planning plus Andrew Kelly, founder of the Augustine Camino, as your guide.
Andrew is a born tour guide with an unrivalled knowledge of the Augustine Camino and the cultural significance of the places visited. He will customise your experience to suit your particular motivation whether that be religious, cultural, historical, artistic or simply a desire to walk through the Garden of England.
For further information and booking, email us on Camino@augustinecamino.co.uk
Guided tour through Canterbury as part of the Pilgrim Festival – Saturday 24th September
Meeting in the Buttermarket outside the Cathedral Gate at 10am this will be a two hour walk visiting churches associated with Thomas Becket. Price £10 per person (accompanied children free). We will start at St Thomas’s church in Burgate where the modern Shrine to St Thomas can be found. Then we will walk up through Westgate to St Dunstan’s from which Henry II was whipped in penance for the murder of Thomas. This is also where the head of Thomas More is interred – the similarity of the stories of the two Thomas’s was much remarked upon during the Reformation. Finally we will stroll up to the old leper hospital of St Nicholas at Harbledown. The inmates had the buckle of one of Thomas’s shoes with which they used to beg for alms from passing pilgrims. The church floor is sloped to allow for washing down after the lepers had attended mass.
Guided day walk from Aylesford Priory to Thurnham as part of the Heart of Kent Walking Festival – Saturday 1st October
We will be meeting at 9am at Aylesford Priory and start with a tour, followed by a photo opportunity on the medieval bridge in the village. Then we will head to Tyland Barn, the HQ of Kent Wildlife Trust before passing by the ruins of the famous Boxley Abbey. The route then takes us through vineyards to the Kings Arms at Boxley for lunch. Just opposite is the charming church of St Mary and All Saints. After a visit to the church we will walk through the fields to Thurnham via Detling. We end at the Black Horse – a perfect pilgrim pub.
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Available on selected dates from January 2022 for those lacking the time or energy to walk the full route it is now possible to experience the Augustine Camino over a weekend based at Palace Farm in the Kent Downs. Enter Canterbury via Harbledown, St Dunstan’s and the Great West Gate just as medieval pilgrims did. Attend Evensong at the Cathedral and visit beautiful churches and villages full of extraordinary artwork all in the company of Andrew Kelly, Founder of the Augustine Camino. Andrew will open a world of stories and significance to you, showing you wonders hidden away from the casual visitor.
The weekend costs £300 per person including two night’s shared B&B accommodation (or cheaper bunk rooms), tour guide and taxis. The only additional cost is four meals taken at selected pubs and Minster Abbey Tea Rooms. There is normally a minimum of three people per booking but if you are fewer, get in touch and we will try to find a convenient date when others are also planning to come. There is between four and six miles of walking each day.
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An exhibition of art inspired by the Augustine Camino at Chartham Vineyard, each Saturday from September 25th to October 30th 2021 between 10.30am – 5.00 pm, part of Canterbury Festival ART at Chartham Vineyard’s Art Gallery and Exhibition Space – open Saturdays 10.30 – 5.00.
By the Creative Pilgrimage – seven local artists working in a variety of media.
The pilgrims are: Liz Garnett, Alexandra Le Rossignol, Sonia McNally, Fiona Taylor, Bay Lees, Marion Lynn and Caroline Hymers. They have walked the whole route from Rochester to Ramsgate over the last two years experiencing the seasonal changes in the landscape and nature. Visiting Christian places of worship along the route has inspired their art.