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Pilgrims' Way

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Pilgrims' Way

It is still possible to retrace much of the route taken by Geoffrey Chaucer and the motley band of pilgrims he immortalised in The Canterbury Tales. Two-thirds of the 120-mile track that runs between Winchester in Hampshire and Canterbury in Kent is still identifiable, and much of it runs parallel to the North Downs Way. Some historians now believe that the route pre-dates the pilgrims and was used by Palaeolithic hunters around 250,000 years ago.

In 1898, Henry Littlehales published a book, Some Notes On The Road From London To Canterbury In The Middle Ages, in which he plotted the route he believed Chaucer and his pilgrims took, following an old Roman road between London and Canterbury. In 1910, Hilaire Belloc wrote what is regarded as the first authoritative account of the Pilgrims' Way, The Old Road.

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The route taken by pilgrims to the tomb of Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral.

Brian Ingle

Chaucer wrote about Pilgrims travelling from Southwark, London to Canterbury, they would not have gone the long way round via Winchester. There may have been similiar pilgrimages from Winchester and indeed other towns but you should not mislead and confuse this with Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales'.
kevan wilkinson

I grew up in the Medway Towns and the Pilgrims' Way passed close by on the way from London to Canterbury. We were very familiar with it and with Chaucer's travelling pilgrims and storytellers in the popular "Canterbury Tales".
Jacquelyn Taylor Baumberg

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