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Will and Charlie walk 150km to return to King’s

Will Grosse (Galpins) and Charlie Griffin (School House) decided to take an unconventional and inspiring approach to returning to King’s for the Autumn term by walking the 150 km from Southwark in London to Canterbury over 4 days. Setting off early on the 3rd September from the site of the Tabard inn nestled down a side street close to London Bridge, and the same starting point for Geoffrey Chaucer’s travellers in The Canterbury Tales. 

 

“Bifel that in that season on a day,
In Southwerk at the Tabard as I lay
Redy to wenden on my pilgrymage
To Caunterbury with ful devout corage” 

The route took them down the Thames Path to the Kent coast north of Dartford, along the Darenth Path, and from there they headed east along sections of the Pilgrim’s and North Downs Ways. Much of the route followed the traditional Becket Way, along the paths the early pilgrims used to visit the shrine of Thomas Becket. They arrived after 4 days of walking in Canterbury on the 6th September at Christchurch Gate, and from there via the Cathedral into School. 

Congratulations to Will and Charlie on an outstanding achievement and a great way to kick off the new school year. They were also raising money for Uyghur refugees in Turkey and at last count had collected over £2,300 and their JustGiving page remains open: http://justgiving.com/fundraising/southwark2canterbury