Pilgrimage Walk from Aylesford to Thurnham - Heart of Kent Walking Festival 2022

Type:Guided Walk

Aylesford, Kent
Walkers at Heart of Kent Walking Festival


A 9 mile pilgrimage walk from Aylesford to Thurnham as part of the Heart of Kent Walking Festival 2022.

This is a pilgrimage walk on the second leg of the Augustine Camino, a long-distance walking route from Rochester Cathedral to the Shrine of St Augustine in Ramsgate via Canterbury and Faversham.  The route has been featured on Radio 4 and in the Guardian, click here to listen to the radio piece.

The walk starts with a tour of the Friars, built by the Carmelites on their return from the Crusades and now once more welcoming pilgrims in some of the original buildings.  The Priory has beautiful modern art, a relic of local saint Simon Stock and a peaceful riverside setting. Then we will pass into the village for photographs on the medieval bridge followed by a stroll to the HQ of the Kent Wildlife Trust at Tyland Barn.  The ruins of Boxley Abbey are next followed by an amble through the vineyards to lunch at the Kings Arms. Just opposite is St Mary and All Saints Church, a really lovely stop along the Pilgrim’s Way.  From there we walk to Detling and on to Thurnham and St Mary’s church.  Just up the lane is the Black Horse, a perfect pilgrim pub. 

You can bring a pack lunch or eat in the pub as you wish.

This walk is dog friendly (please keep dogs on leads)

Walk Details

Walk Distance: 9 miles (10 inlcuding last mile to Bearsted Station)
Walk Duration: 6 hours
Walk Grade (Ability): Leisurely
Walk Leader: Andrew Kelly
Age Range: Anyone capable of walking 10 miles (under 18s must be accompanied by an adult)
You would need to bring: Sturdy footwear, waterproofs, hat, sunglasses and water.  


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Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult (Over 18)£15.00 per ticket
Child (Under 18)£5.00 per ticket

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Opening Times

Season (1 Oct 2022)
Saturday09:00 - 16:00


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