Journal

Pilgrimage – Winchester Canterbury

Of all the questions we are asked, the second is most difficult.

Why? Who knows ‘why’? If ‘why’ is already known, why go walking? The mysterious dysfunction of cause and effect is not a clear web to us, nor would we pretend otherwise. Sometimes we’d mutter about ‘self-initiation’, ‘going on adventure’, or ‘meeting our country’. More often, in response to this ‘why’, we’d offer our first walk as a contextual analogy, concealing a lack of explanation with the illusion of history.

In Spring 2004 we walked from Winchester to Canterbury, along the Pilgrim’s Way.

We wanted to investigate this ancient beaten track, to see what remained of the phenomenon of pilgrimage. We took about three weeks, slow going by most standards, an uncertain first investigation into the art of journeying. In truth, our initial pondering steps were amazingly naive. We had few relevant outdoor skills, no tents/tarps nor maps, and we had no idea what a long walk meant. Slowly we began to perceive the vast scope of our ignorance.

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