Updates

If you find problems with the path such as overgrown vegetation/crops or obstructions please let us know. You can get the problem fixed by notifying Kent County Council here Report a problem on a right of way – Kent County Council.

11/6/24 – New pilgrim stamp at Detling Community Store

16/5/24 – Sanctuary:- A new low cost accommodation option is now available for the first three nights of the Camino. Called “Sanctuary” it entails either sleeping in a shared bunk room or on a church floor for a reduced rate (usually either £15 or £20). Sanctuary is available at Aylesford Priory (£20 per person per night), St Mary’s Thurnham (£15 per person per night) and Palace Farm Doddington (£20 per person per night). This option is only available to pilgrims with a pilgrim passport. We are hoping to extend this option to the whole route shortly.

14/5/24 – Jubilee year 2025 – the Pope has given the theme “Pilgrims of Hope” for the 2025 Jubilee Pilgrimage emphasised by Vatican as opportunity for indulgences during Jubilee 2025 – Catholic Herald

6/5/24 – Path updates:- The path is in generally good shape with fresh waymarks along the whole route and new kissing gates in many places. Long trousers are recommended due to stinging nettles and brambles which are encountered from time to time but none of the paths are currently overgrown with the exceptions noted below.

6/5/24 – Mud:- The path is particularly muddy in the following places:- As you enter the first vineyard at Boxley, along the stream in the next vineyard, just before you enter Blean Woods after Boughton Golf Course and in the woods after Fordwich.

6/5/24 – Path updates:- The large field just before Bredgar has been planted over. As you enter the field head towards the pylon. Then take a sharp right turn towards the distant fence.

6/5/24 – Path updates:- The path across the field after the paddocks at Little Scragged Oak Farm has been planted over. As you enter the field turn right for 20 yards until a large tree in the hedge. Head straight across the field from here, heading for a large tree trunk which has been carved into a bench.

6/5/24 – Path updates:- The path up the Downs just after Thurnham has been planted over. Follow the edge of the field to the right until you come to the next stile in the hedge. The path heads directly up the hill to your left.

6/5/24 – There is a new pilgrim stamp at St Vincent’s, Littlebourne.

13/2/24 – Look out for these window stickers being used by pubs, cafes and churches along the route.

13/2/24 – The new pilgrim stamp at the King’s Arms, Boxley

21/11/23 – Here is the new pilgrim stamp at St Peter and Paul Newnham (kept in the right hand cupboard of the sideboard opposite the door). That is 34 stamps along the route now. Compostela and Pilgrim Stamps – Augustine Camino

9/10/23 – There are new pilgrim stamps at St Mary of Charity in Faversham, Faverham Tourist Office and the Ivy Barn farm shop in Littlebourne. The stamp at the Shrine of St Jude in Faversham is now in a box opposite the door to reception and is accessible 24/7.

9/10/23 – The overgrown sections have all been cut or the vegetation has died down. The only problem at this time of year is that some of the paths have been ploughed up ie the path up the Downs after Thurnham, the path across the field before the Hucking Estate, the fields before and after Bredgar and Doddington and the field before Stodmarsh. The best way to navigate these is to use the GPX file. Low lying stinging nettles in some places mean that long trousers are still recommended for the whole route.

23/9/23 – Several sections of the route are rather overgrown and require long trousers to cross. These include the alley up to Wouldham Road in Rochester, the start of the path from Detling to Thurnham, the section before the road through Gorham Wood (you can continue through the field and rejoin the path in the top corner), the section through the Torry Hill Estate and after St Catherine’s Kingsdown (you can use the road but take care), the path through the woods half way to Littlebourne, the Monk’s Wall and the riverside after it and the path along the railway line before St Augustine’s Cross. They are all mowed regularly but the pathways teams have had their hands full this summer with the conditions perfect for the growth of weeds.

23/9/23 – There is a new pilgrim stamp in a box outside the community hall at Painter’s Forstal, on the left as you leave the village for Faversham.

24/5/23 – There is a new pilgrim stamp at St Margaret’s, Hucking

3/4/23 – The field at Cold Harbour has been planted over again. If you keep to the fence on your right until it ends and then take a sharp left turn up to the bushes before returning to your original direction, you will find that you can pass around the crop to the stile in the hedge. Just after Little Scragged Oak Farm the path has also been planted over. The direction across the field is in line with the tree in the middle of the crop.

22/6/22 – It is easy to miss the start of the Monk’s Wall after Pluck’s Gutter and end up in a field of crops. You should look out for two parallel hedges to your right as you follow the track away from the road. The path passes directly between them, indistinct at first. A mile later, where the path turns back down towards the river it is very overgrown. You may find it easier to follow the field edge, returning up to the path only to cross drainage ditches.

15/6/2022 – There is now a pilgrim stamp at St Catherine’s, Kingsdown

15/6/2022 – As usual at this time of year there are some places where the path is a little overgrown (long trousers are recommended) and some where it has been planted over. The first place to note is at Coldharbour, just after Cold Blow Farm. The path has once again been planted with maize, however this year if you keep to the fence on your right until it ends and then take a sharp left turn up to the bushes before returning to your original direction, you will find that you can pass around the crop to the stile in the hedge. Just after Little Scragged Oak Farm the path has also been planted with maize. The direction across the field is in line with the tree in the middle of the crop. The detour through the wood at Kingsdown (see below) is relatively clear this year with only a small section which is overhung with branches but passable. Finally, the path after St Catherine’s is very overgrown but also passable. We have also had reports of the path along the railway before St Augustine’s Cross being overgrown but passable.

31/10/2021 – There are two places where there are currently difficulties on the path; the first is between Milstead and St Catherine’s at Kingsdown. The path avoids the road by taking a detour through a wood to the left. This is currently very overgrown after coppicing meaning that the lane is a better bet. Please be careful as some cars are driven without due care along this lane. The second is along the Abbot’s Wall after Pluck’s Gutter. Take care to find the start of the “wall” to the right of the track about 50 yards from the road. It looks overgrown at first but is easily passable. There is a locked gate after a few hundred yards which can be passed to the right.

27/10/2021 – The new website for the Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark includes a page describing the Shrines in the Diocese – all of which can be visited along the Augustine Camino (by starting at Southwark Cathedral and taking the train from London Bridge to Rochester on the morning of Day One) Southwark Shrines: Archdiocese of Southwark (rcsouthwark.co.uk)

16/10/2021 – New pilgrim stamp at the Beheading of John the Baptist in Doddington (in the priests lectern below the pulpit)