2018

Day 8 – arrived in Canterbury

This was the laziest day for a pilgrim. I slept for 9 hours then ate a huge breakfast in the Woolpack Inn, Chilham. We finally started walking at 10.20 but stopped in the village church where the ladies were serving coffee. They had a stamp and so we received our first official stamp on our credentials.

As expected, it was a slow start as my feet reluctantly came into operation. Fortunately it’s only a 2 hour walk from Chilham to Canterbury and with Paul carrying several kilos of my baggage we arrived in just over 4 hours. I started calling chiropodists, starting with the nearest to the Premier Inn but they were all booked, probably by pilgrims coming from Rome. One man, just 0.6Km away, was expecting a cancellation tomorrow and promised to call back. He also suggested “Minor Injuries”, NHS speak for A&E. That entails a day waiting in the hospital but it’s free of charge.

Anyway, we had a delightful walk through the garden of England. Acre after acre of apple orchards. We passed “Orchard View”, a mobile home park for migrant workers. We met a few cheerful people and I always reflect on the hand of fate which determines who gets the best opportunities in life. It’s also true that if apple orchards in Central Europe paid £5000 a day, there’d be a mass exodus from the UK.

I’m writing today’s blog earlier than usual because we are meeting Torin at 6pm. Despite my efforts to persuade him to drive he is coming on the bus. I know what that means.

The Chilham ladies fundraising in the Church

Wow, a Citroen C6, one of only 7 sold in the UK

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Pilgrim on the Via Francigena

6 comments on “Day 8 – arrived in Canterbury

  1. If Torin arrives with a back pack, then you definitely have a problem! Say Hi from us. Glad all going well, but aren’t you supposed to rest on the 7th day?

    • Will do. We are meeting at the Foundry but may progress to Wetherspoons where they sell proper Eurofizz

  2. Peter Mastenko

    Hope you can sort out the blisters – sounds grim. The wait in A& E varies, and may not be as long as you think. Great photos by the way, as usual.

  3. Philippa Thomas

    Glad to know that you arrived in Canterbury & all the best with sorting out the blisters, Philippa & Peter

    • Hello Philippa and Peter. Thank you I hope to be relieved of them soon!

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