Sunday 2 March 2014
The Pilgrims Way
During our stay in Kent, we crossed the Pilgrim's Way (Sadly this soggy winter has continued - and it was too wet to go for a walk). We did have a lovely meal in the Cock Horse Inn adjacent to the Pilgrims Way. This ancient route is now part of the long distance path known as the 'North Downs Way'. A leaflet about the route can be downloaded here.
I've walked short stretches of the path - my wife grew up in Rainham; and a couple of years after we married her parents moved to Culverstone Green, near Meopham. I would often go for walks along parts of the route. There's some beautiful countryside around there.
The Pilgrim's Way may actually be thousands of years old - being an ancient route across southern England, linking Stonehenge to the Kent coast (perhaps even being in use when the land bridge to Europe still existed). In the medieval period it linked two important cities in England, Winchester and Canterbury.
There is a fascinating website about the Pilgrims' Way at http://www.pilgrimsway.net/index.html