The Via Francigena starts just next to the southern portico of Canterbury’s cathedral where the milestone zero of the route is located. The pilgrim’s passport are available in the information centre inside the cathedral. After having left aside the cathedral passing through Christchurch Gate, turn left and keep on walking headed for Burgate; then along Church Street and Longport walking along Abbey of Saint Augustin’s side.
After having walked beyond Nord Holmes Road and Saint Martin Church, turn right into Pilgrim Street following indications to get to North Downs Way. The road that leads to Dover is about 30 km long and is travelled in 7 to 8 hours walking. It’s easy to get back to Canterbury by taking the train in the following stations: Bekesbourne, Adisham, Aylesham, Sherpherdswell and Dover Priory.
Information provided by Canterbury City Council
Reaching Canterbury departing from Paris:
By train :
Take the Eurostar train in Paris Nord station to Ashford international (from € 185 – early booking recommended). Departures at 11.10 am and 8.10 pm (2 per day) apart from Saturdays and Sundays (no trains, please take ferries instead).
Take the train in Ashford international station to Canterbury West (€ 9,32 or £ 8). 3 departures per hour between 6.05 am and 1.07 am the following day.
By bus :
Take the bus in Paris Bercy bus station to Dover east ferry harbour (from € 19 – out of high season). With company Ouibus (the cheapest), one departure at 9 am and another one at 11 pm (2 per day, between 7 and 7.30 hour trip).