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‘Go the extra mile for children’ – reflections on the second charity walk on the Via Francigena

On 7 October, 2017 the second charity walk in aid of Save the Children took place on the Via Francigena UK (Canterbury to Dover).  The event raised £770 with gift aid for Save the Children, supporting their important work in … Continue reading

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Kent on Via Francigena Charity Walk, 7 October, 2017

 ‘Go the Extra Mile’ to raise funds for educational programmes for children living in areas of conflict:   20 miles on the Via Francigena from Canterbury to Dover, 7 October, 2017 for Save the Children The UK has over 140,000 miles … Continue reading

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The Via Francigena of the South

  Back on the road – Rome to Castel Gandolfo (23 km/14 miles) It has been just under two years since I walked into Rome after a journey of 80 days on the Via Francigena from Canterbury to Rome.  On … Continue reading

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Heritage, hospitality and high spirits on the Via Francigena!

Part of a series of events focusing on the use of cultural routes to restore meaning to disconnected heritage sites, a mini-pilgrimage was organized from 6-7 May to provide an authentic taste of what thousands of pilgrims who walk or … Continue reading

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First annual charity walk ‘Take a step for children’ was a great success!

The first annual charity walk on the UK section of the VF, Canterbury to Dover, held on 16 April, was a great success.   I have never organised an event like this before and was very lucky to have received … Continue reading

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Rome!

Day 74: Montefiascone to Viterbo (18 km) From the windows of the Benedictine Convent in Montefiascone we woke to find the hilltop bathed in brilliant sunshine, but the valley below entirely obscured by a thick mist stretching as far as … Continue reading

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Discovering Lazio

Day 69: Siena to Buonconvento (32 km) In Siena I woke up reluctantly, having managed to get only four hours of sleep.  The rock concert that had finished only at 2.30am I discovered had been loudest in the back of … Continue reading

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Bella Toscana!

  Day 62: Massa to Camaiore (23 km) The sun streaming through the window and the cool sea breeze drifting in woke Eimear and me quite early.  The camp-beds were also not so comfortable as to tempt us to be … Continue reading

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Finding the Origins of the City of Marble

Day 58: Passo della Cisa to Pontremoli (21 km) Eimear, Emily and I awoke in our cosy dormroom in the Ostello della Cisa, a building of the Napoleonic era, to find a thick mist pressing against the windows.  We crawled … Continue reading

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Into the Wild on the Via Francigena

Day 55: Fiorenzuolo to Medesano (39 km) During the 55 days on the Via Francigena there had only been a few days where it had been necessary to walk more than 30 km in one day.  Each of those days … Continue reading

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