The new mother’s tale: a Kent walk in Chaucer’s footsteps

Some of the pilgrims’ routes are now roads but Mary-Ann Ochota finds a short bucolic stretch in the Kent Downs perfect for a first hike with her infant son

In 1170, Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, was murdered in his cathedral. In the centuries that followed, hundreds of thousands of people made the pilgrimage through the Kentish countryside to pray at his shrine. As Geoffrey Chaucer famously describes:
From every shire’s end/Of England, to Canterbury they wend/The holy blissful martyr for to seek/That him hath helped when that they were sick”.

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