Following in the line of millions of Pilgrims from 1200 or so until the 1530’s, Chris and I finally made it to Canterbury. There we received a welcome and blessing from Canon Andrew on the site of Thomas Beckett original shrine. The end of a walk of nearly 180 miles in total (70 this week), in many weathers, up and down hills all carrying an 8kg rucksack. My single biggest activity of 60@60. Despite some blisters I can still walk though it was a real blessing to be collected by Jo and Lynda!
Today was only 8 miles. We saw loads of apple orchards, navigated an almost impossible path and enjoyed the Kent countryside and wayside flowers. So it was a pleasure in many ways.
I will write more reflections tomorrow but one chapel at the vast Canterbury Cathedral stood out. It is the one to martyrs. Thomas Becket was considered a martyr but there are so many more today, each year, in countries from Nigeria, to India and Indonesia. It is for them that this walk is dedicated; who suffer so much but endure faithfully. It is a privilege to walk with them and through Open Doors, to financially support their families and all who suffer.
Thanks for walking with me through the Pilgrims Way blogs. Any support for them will be gratefully received. I will write more tomorrow.