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Between the Chalk and the Sea

26 September 2023, 4.00pm

'Between the Chalk and the Sea' book cover
'Between the Chalk and the Sea' book cover
'Between the Chalk and the Sea' book cover
26 September 2023, 4.00pm

Between the Chalk and the Sea

Gail Simmons rediscovers Britain’s lost pilgrimage route, the ‘Old Way’, retracing 240 miles through England’s most iconic landscapes.
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About the event

A faint red line on an antique map revealed the forgotten road, the ‘Old Way’, a route medieval pilgrims are thought to have travelled to reach the shrine of Thomas Becket. This remarkable rediscovery charts a winding journey linking prehistoric earthworks, abandoned monasteries, Saxon churches, ruined castles and historic seaports.

Gail Simmons recounts her experience of exploring the ‘Old Way’ through all four seasons to rediscover not only a lost history of knights, kings, peasants and pilgrims, but also the joy of walking and embracing the concept of pilgrimage in the modern day.

About the speaker

Gail Simmons is as a travel writer and journalist, who is also a lecturer in travel writing at Bath Spa University. Over 20 years, she has written for the UK and international press, and broadcast for BBC Radio 4. Her first book, The Country of Larks: A Chiltern Journey, was published in 2019.

Gail Simmons
Gail Simmons

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26 September 2023
4.00pm - 5.00pm
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Royal Hospital Chelsea (State Apartments)
Royal Hospital Road
London, SW3 4SR United Kingdom