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.


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The last stop on my U.K. pilgrimage, a visit to the tomb of St. Edward the Confessor at Westminster Abbey, the final resting place of Darwin, Chaucer, Livingstone, Newton, and Hawking. One of my all-time faves!
Founded by Celtic St. Aiden of Iona around 634 AD, Lindisfarne Priory was perhaps the most important point of Christian evangelism and learning in northern Britain. Home to St. Cuthbert, the priory produced gilded manuscripts, the most famous of which is known as the Lindisfarne Gospels. The ruins of the priory date to the 12th century.
For months, thoughts of Holy Island have occupied my mind. And now, I have arrived. The walk across the sands during the receding tide at sunrise was powerfully moving and will stay with me for the rest of my life.
At the recommendation of my friend Kevin Considine, I hiked up the White Cliffs of Dover. Breathtaking!