A short bus ride later and we were at an entry point of a walking path that stretches all the way from London to Canterbury. This is the route walked by pilgrims to Canterbury in the middle ages, and possibly even by pilgrims to Stonehenge in the late Neolithic era. Our goal was to make it to Charing, approximately a 6 mile journey. The path took us through wooded areas, and between fields of wheat and rye and beans. For most of the way, there was a gorgeous vista of a valley to the south of us stretching to a range of hills beyond it. At times the way was rough and we had to be careful where we stepped. By the end, we were all well worn out (it took us more than 3 1/2 hours, rather longer than we had anticipated) but now more concretely aware of what ancient pilgrims endured in order to reach their goal.
We eagerly greeted our bus and it's driver, who drove us all the way into the center of Canterbury rather than take us back to our hotel so that we could eat dinner promptly. It was a full day, and I expect we will all sleep very well tonight.