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Take the Pilgrims Way through medieval Canterbury's less frequented streets. The walk will reveal riverside gardens, tiny chapels and ancient hospitals where poor pilgrims lodged and are still used today.

Canterbury City Pilgrim Tour
Canterbury City Pilgrim TourDownload
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3.7 mi5.9 km
Kent Downs AONB

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Walk towards the junction with St Dunstan's Street

Walk uphill to St Dunstan's Church

From here walk eastwards along St Dunstan's Road to Westgate

Continue eastwards along St Peter's Street to Franciscan Gardens, Greyfriars

Walk across King's Bridge to the Hospital of St Thomas, Eastbridge

Walk a short distance eastwards to the junction of St Peter's Street and Stour Street

Proceed down Stour Street to the Poor Priests Hospital

Continue southwards to the corner of Stour Street and Hospital Lane

Walk up Hospital Lane to Castle Street

Continue northwards up Castle Street to the junction with Beer Cart Lane

Continue directly across Beer Cart Lane onto St Margaret's Street until you reach the junction with The Parade

Continue northwards up Mercery Lane to the Christchurch Gate on the corner of Burgate and Sun Street

Head eastwards down Burgate to the crossing with Broad Street

Continue up Church Street to the old Augustinian cemetery gate at the intersection of Monastery Street and Love Lane

Travel a short distance along Love Lane to the corner of Longport

Follow Longport eastwards to the entrance of the former Abbey of St Augustines

Continue to the left of the roundabout straight up Longport and North Holmes Road

Walk up North Holmes Road to the Lych gate of St Martin's church, then retrace your steps to the corner of Love Lane and Longport

Pass through Love Lane which continues on as Monastery Street until you come to the abbey gates of St Augustine's

From the gate cross Lady Wooton's Green to the crossing on Broad Street

With the walls of the city to you left, proceed past the building of the Canterbury Archaeological Trust to the continuation of Broad Street

Continue down Broad Street to where it meets Northgate

Proceed northwards to the gates of St John's Hospital

Retrace your steps but continue straight on down Northgate from where it turns into The Borough and onto Mint Yard Gate on the left

Follow The Borough for a short distance until it becomes King Street. Continue until you reach the entrance to the Old Synagogue

Continue along King Street to the corner of Blackfriars Street

Continue along King Street to where it meets The Friars

Turn down The Friars and head over the bridge. Before reaching The Marlowe Theatre, leave the road to take the Victoria Walk

Bear right along the river to follow The Victoria Walk to Solley's Orchard

Turn right from The Victoria Walk before it joins St Peter's Lane and take the walled doorway into the riverside walk of Solley's Orchard leading across the weir and down to the exit at Pound Lane

Take Pound Lane as far as the junction with The Causeway

Take The Causeway as short distance to join the footpath towards the river

Take the footpath through Miller's Green that leads to the bridge over the river

After crossing the bridge, take the path southwards along the River Stour and past the city wall to Westgate

Walk back up St Dunstan's Street and continue to the junction with Station Road West

Proceed to the end of the route and return to the train station or car park

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