Planning To Walk A Pilgrimage?

If you’re considering a walking pilgrimage like the Camino de Santiago, these overviews are a tremendous starting point for beginners and experienced backpackers alike. Looking for even more information on what to pack or how to prepare for the journey?  Visit Kevin’s pilgrimage and backpacking blog:  One Step Then Another. 

Via Francigena

Spanning more than 2,000 km, the Via Francigena is Europe’s ancient pilgrimage route connecting Canterbury Cathedral to the tombs of seven apostles in Rome. Crossing through England, France, Switzerland, and Italy, this historic route culminates at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

California Missions Trail

Born from historic footpaths between twenty-one Spanish missions, the California Missions Trail – El Camino Real (“The Royal Road”) as it was first known – connects missions, pueblos, and presidios over 800 miles of America’s Pacific Coastline.

England’s Pilgrims’ Way

Followed by kings and fabled in literature, the Pilgrims’ Way (also Pilgrim’s Way or Pilgrims Way) is England’s ancient pilgrimage route linking both Winchester and London to the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at the Canterbury Cathedral.

Camino de Santiago

The Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James) is a network of ancient pilgrim routes stretching across much of western Europe to the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, Spain.


Arrows and shells. Shells and arrows. Buen Camino!
🎧 NEW PODCAST: Finding Forgiveness on the Pilgrim Path | Erin Dooley
Are you planning your next pilgrimage? If conditions allow, I plan to resume my Via Francigena walk to Rome.
A peaceful moment in the cloisters
On this day in 1170, St. Thomas Becket was martyred in Canterbury Cathedral. A place of pilgrimage for centuries, the High Altar marks the spot of his murder at the hands of the King’s knights.
Merry Christmas, pilgrims. May your burdens and spirits be lifted once more! Buen Camino!
🎧 NEW PODCAST: 6 Tips for Vegan Pilgrims Walking the Camino | Wendy Werneth
Wendy Werneth (The Nomadic Vegan) provides tips and advice to vegans exploring new cultures and destinations on her blog and YouTube channel. On Wednesday's premiere, Wendy shares six tips for vegan pilgrims walking the Camino de Santiago on the Sacred Steps Podcast.
Flashing back to England's Pilgrims' Way to Canterbury, a route I completed earlier this year. For stories from my journey, stream
🔻CAMINO 101: Preventing Blisters on the Camino de Santiago #linkinbio
🎧 NEW PODCAST: ACCESSIBLE CAMINOS: Opening the Camino to All | Justin Skeesuck
Justin Skeesuck (I'LL PUSH YOU) journeyed 500 miles in a wheelchair across Spain's Camino de Santiago with the help of his best friend, Patrick Gray. Now Justin & Patrick are making the Camino accessible for pilgrims of all abilities. Justin joins Kevin Donahue on this week's podcast premiere to discuss the Accessible Caminos project and the movie, I'll Push You.