The physical action of walking slows down our busy minds. We begin to notice what is around and be present to God within it. Walking together, we enjoy the company of others. Quiet spaces along the way enable us to connect with our inner journey and how we experience the invitation of God within it.
‘Encounters with the Cross’ – a pilgrimage walk led by our Chaplain, Rev Harriet Johnson
We begin at Otford (near Sevenoaks) at 10am and climb up to the North Downs Way which passes through fields and woodland, with views of the surrounding countryside. We shall then drop down to the old Pilgrims’ Way and walk part of the track followed by those going to Canterbury to venerate St Thomas Becket. This will take us to Wrotham, where our own pilgrimage ends. On the way there will be opportunities to walk in silence and to share stories with others as we reflect on the Cross, inspired by sights and encounters along the route.
The walk begins with a steep uphill climb and is 6 – 7 miles long. There are no stiles but the pathways are in places uneven and (probably) muddy. We anticipate the walk will take 2.5 – 3 hours, depending on weather and group fitness. There are no facilities or shops along the way, so pilgrims will need to carry any food/water with them.
Wrotham itself has a number of pubs which serve food, but you are also welcome to bring sandwiches. From Wrotham it is a 20-30 minute walk to Borough Green station (for trains back to Otford or elsewhere). Depending on numbers it may also be possible to offer a small number of lifts to the station.