3 independent reviews for Winchester to Canterbury Pilgrims way, England

Reviews for Winchester to Canterbury Pilgrims way, England

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review 11 Sep 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The walking!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Travel very light

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I certainly supported the local communities

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Excellent

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you Tricia, we were proud to support you Well done on your achievement in walking from Winchester to Canterbury

review 3 Jun 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The continual joy of being in natural areas, even if they were agricultural. Everything other than the sounds and the scents was secondary. Not very profound, I realize, but whereas I didn't plan it as a spiritual journey (I would have scoffed if you'd suggested it), it became that. Moreover, while most of the time, I had the paths to myself, I did meet some terrific people both on the paths and at the accommodations along the way.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

I don't know what it was about the pilgrims on the North Downs Ways but they must have being doing penance for capital crimes because every time they saw a hill, they said "the flatland is well and good but let's climb this hill...and then descend again." Thus, what I thought would be a 120-mile trip turned into 158 and more grueling that I anticipated. No complaints, however, as I was afforded more sights but some travelers might be deterred by the lengths of the days. Thus, I think I'd make them aware that there are two options: (a) long and hilly and (b) shorter and flat

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Financially? I don't know. As an American I was astounded by the extent of the footpaths and by the local reception and their desire to (a) preserve the lands and (b) make it accessible to others. I'm not sure that were I a farmer I'd welcome strangers traipsing through my backyard and across my pastures, spooking the cows and sheep and yet they were always welcoming. To my surprise, I read that rather than being bound by ancient laws, the complete footpath system is of recent vintage, dating essentially since WWII. Moreover, the British walk the footpaths themselves...and they are brisk walkers, I discovered.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Excellent. I think that Jack and Mandy of the tour operator did a superb job in setting it up and in checking with me to see that everything was going well. If I had any complaints, it would be that while Surrey maintains the paths, Kent is less diligent. Signs are broken, some are obscured by brush, and thorny vines snag one as he passes. A bit of trail maintenance would go a long way towards improving the experience.

review 6 Jul 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The walking cross country on pilgrimage from Winchester to Canterbury; navigating with the help of my wonderful travel company and locals; on the road conversations; geographical, historical, and religious sites.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Just enjoy it! And if room location in various Inns, hotels, and B&Bs is important to you—mention that to those doing the booking for you.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I believed it benefitted local people as well as myself.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

A very good vacation. But only the “Kingdom of God” gets a 5.

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