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.

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)