English author and columnist Andy Bull (www.andybull.co.uk) joins Author Kevin Donahue (www.sacredstepsbook.com) to discuss Andy’s new book – Pilgrim Pathways – exploring twenty walks across England’s ancient footpaths. A Kent native, Andy shares his local insights on one of Kevin’s upcoming pilgrimage walks: England’s Pilgrims’ Way to Canterbury.
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DISCUSSIONS FROM THIS EPISODE:
- View a 37-page excerpt from the book (PDF)
- Walk 3: Haslemere to Chichester
- Walk 16: The English Camino (Escomb to Durham and Finchale Priory)
- Walk 20: St. Andrew’s Way (Earlsferry to St Andrews)
- Walk 1: Walk 1 – The Way of St Augustine (Canterbury to Ramsgate)
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 in Kent, England. Followed by kings and fabled in literature such as the Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, the modern route follows the historic Roman road and parallels the North Downs Way. From Canterbury, some may continue pilgrimage to Rome along Europe’s Via Francigena. To learn more about these pilgrim pathways, please visit Kevin’s blog online at www.onestepthenanother.com.
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MEET OUR GUEST: Andy Bull
Andy Bull is a keen walker, journalist, and author who has written travel pieces for The Times, the Daily Telegraph, The Independent, the Mail on Sunday, and The Tablet. When he wanted to go on a pilgrimage that could be completed in a weekend and found no suitable guides were available, he realized he would have to find a route for himself. He found 20, and Pilgrim Pathways is the result.
Andy has also published two travel books on America, guides to English trails for mountain bikers, and local history books drawing on his Kentish roots. His next project is a book on Britain’s Great North Road.
MEET THE HOST: Kevin Donahue
Husband. Father. Backpacker. Pilgrim. Author.
In 2019, Kevin Donahue set off from his home in the United States to begin a pilgrimage journey spanning both years and miles, walking across continents to the ancient end of the world, to kneel at the tombs of eight Apostles. Available for Easter 2022, Sacred Steps: A Pilgrimage Journal, is Kevin’s first-hand account of the people and places found along the way to inspire questions and enlighten answers about faith, hope, and love.
Available from print and digital booksellers for Easter 2022, Sacred Steps: A Pilgrimage Journal is the first-person account of a reluctant pilgrim navigating the eternal questions of faith while walking along the world’s revered paths. The book follows one man’s journey through Portugal and Spain on the Camino de Santiago, along the coast of the Pacific Ocean connecting California’s Missions Trail, across England’s ancient Pilgrims’ Way, and onward towards Rome via Europe’s forgotten footpaths on a journey of soulful discovery. More than a travelogue, Sacred Steps: A Pilgrimage Journal is a first-hand account of a pilgrim’s journey and the people and places he finds to inspire questions and enlighten answers about faith, hope, and love.