GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Pilgrims Way

47 miles (75.6 km)

Follow the Pilgrims Way cycle route from Rochester to Canterbury, through the beautiful North Downs. The route runs for about 47 miles on a mixture of quiet roads and traffic free paths. There's some fairly challenging climbs along the way so to complete in one day is for the more experienced rider.
The route starts off in Rochester next to the Medway River and Rochester Castle. You head south west along the river before turning south for a woodland section through Monk Wood. The route then passes the splendid viewpoint at Blue Bell Hill where you can enjoy views over the Kent North Downs.
The route then turns to the south east to head through the countryside around Boxley, Detling, Thurnham, Hollingbourne, Harietsham, Charing and Westwell. This section takes you through some very pretty Kent villages with highlights including Charing's picturesque water mill and windmill.
The route continues to Ashford where you turn north towards Wye, running parallel to the River Stour. A woodland section then takes you through Eggringe Wood and Denge Wood to Chartham. The final section runs along the Great Stour to take you to the finish point at Canterbury with its historic cathderal.
To continue your riding in Canterbury pick up the popular Crab and Winkle Way. The traffic free path will take you all the way to Whitstable on the Kent coast.

Pilgrims Way OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Pilgrims Way Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

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Rochester Castle in Rochester, Kent

Rochester Castle

Canterbury, UK - panoramio (8)

Canterbury, UK

Charing mill1

Charing windmill

View of River Medway, seen from Rochester Castle - - 1420668

View of River Medway, seen from Rochester Castle

GPS Files

GPX File

Pilgrims Way.gpx (right click - 'Save As')

Memory Map Route

Pilgrims Way.mmo (right click - 'Save As')