Thirsty Pilgrims!

Pubs on the Pilgrims’ Way from Southwark to Canterbury are being asked to stamp walkers’ and cyclists’ Pilgrim Passports

The route, made famous by Geoffrey Chaucer who travelled by horse, runs from Southwark passing the Royal Oak in Tabard Street, down the Old Kent Road and across Blackheath to Shooters Hill. Among the first to agree to provide a stamp are the Thomas à Becket (also known as Rock Island) in Old Kent Road and the Red Lion on Shooters Hill.

The relaunched trail continues from Shooters Hill to Canterbury via Dartford.

The passport is available in a £1 pilgrim pack from Southwark Cathedral Shop and it gives free admission to Canterbury Cathedral when presented filled with stamps from pubs, hotels and churches on the route. The pilgrimage to the shrine of St Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral began in the 12th century after his murder in Canterbury Cathedral.

The need for ale on the road for pilgrims resulted in Thomas being adopted as patron of the Brewers’ Company. It is hoped that most pubs on the route will be involved in the scheme by 2022.

Further information about the Pilgrims' Passport can be found here