Christmas Pilgrimage from Southampton to Canterbury

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Christmas Pilgrimage from Southampton to Canterbury

Postby The Peddler » Mon Sep 07, 2015 5:35 pm

Hi all, Peddler here.

I am looking to embark on a project this winter. In short, I want to walk the ancient pilgrimage route from Southampton, via Bishops Waltham, to Canterbury, but in medieval kit.
I am aiming to get to Canterbury Cathedral on Christmas day.
This is in preparation for a bigger project next year.

My question is this........I am going to need some pretty robust gear as I will potentially be sleeping out the whole way a la 14th century (yes I know they would have slept at inns, Monasteries etc, but this will be just before xmas so booking may be a problem, also I can't guarantee where I'll be at any particular time).


I am looking for any good resources you've come across on pilgrimages, pilgrims and especially their equipment

I am also looking for advice on gear and manufacturers for things like boots, cloaks, backpack, walking stick, hat, hood etc, Or for the materials to make them out of.
I have walked many a long distance path in my time, but never in medieval kit, so the sorts of things that would help would be thoughts on things like:
Boots vs shoes?
Oiled leather cloak vs woollen cloak, what weight of wool?
Clogs vS pattens?
Hat vs Hood, or both?
Wicker backpack vs oiled canvas shoulder bag?
.

Thanks for any help.......



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Re: Christmas Pilgrimage from Southampton to Canterbury

Postby Brother Ranulf » Mon Sep 07, 2015 6:45 pm

See my reply in the costume section.


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