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Old Way

Brighton & Hove, E Sussex, Hampshire, Kent, Southampton, W Sussex

393 km / 244 miles
The Old Way to Canterbury is a lost pilgrimage route, rediscovered from Britain's oldest road map - the Gough map, dated c. 1360. For over two centuries, this was the most accurate map of Britain. Other contemporary maps had Jerusalem at the centre, with Britain as an amorphous lump on the edge of the world, marked with one or two towns only. The Gough map, by comparison, is remarkably accurate. It is the oldest map of Britain that shows overland routes - thin red lines like the Great North Road (the A1). But in nearly 3000 miles of roads, the Gough map only shows one path to Canterbury. And it is not the one you might think.


Path Type: Other Paths
Attributes: Average Gradients
Start: SU426116 - Southampton, Southampton View on StreetMap
Finish: TR346624 - Shell Ness, Sandwich, Kent View on StreetMap
Web Sites: Old Way Biddle's Gate and Quay

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook Between the Chalk and the Sea: A journey on foot into the past  (Headline  - 2023 )


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps:
OS Landranger 179, 189, 196, 197, 198, 199
OS Landranger Active 179, 189, 196, 197, 198, 199
OS Explorer 3, 8, 10, 11, 22, 25, 29, 124, 125, 137, 138, 150
OS Explorer Active 3, 8, 10, 11, 22, 25, 29, 124, 125, 137, 138, 150

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325 km
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357 km

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Route Profile:

392.7 km (244.0 miles)
5,837 m (19,150 ft) ascent
236 m (774 ft)  maximum height

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