Book details

Publication date: September 2021
Features: 1 map, references
Series: Wayfarer
Keywords: travel writing; Pilgrims’ Way; Canterbury; pilgrimage; Geoffrey Chaucer; hiking; walking; history of England; English literature; faith; walking tours; literary heritage; Winchester to Canterbury; death; bereavement; memoir; Hilary Weston award
Subject(s): TRAVEL / Special Interest / Hikes & Walks, TRAVEL / Europe / Great Britain, BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs, Sports and Active Outdoor Recreation / Walking, Hiking, Trekking, Lifestyle, Hobbies, and Leisure / Travel Writing, Biography, Literature and Literary Studies / Memoirs, travel writing; Pilgrims’ Way; Canterbury; pilgrimage; Geoffrey Chaucer; hiking; walking; history of England; English literature; faith; walking tours; literary heritage; Winchester to Canterbury; death; bereavement; memoir; Hilary Weston award, Travel, Regional History, Literary Nonfiction, Travel / Memoir / Literary Pilgrimage, Canterbury
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press

Ken Haigh. Happiest when reading or hiking, Ken Haigh has written one other travel memoir, Under the Holy Lake: A Memoir of Eastern Bhutan (UAlberta Press). He has worked as a teacher and librarian and lives in Clarksburg, Ontario.

"On Foot to Canterbury is a beautifully written and eloquent story that skillfully weaves historical anecdotes into a journey through rural England, leaving the reader with practical, sage advice on how to deal with loss and depression, but most of all, on how to live. Haigh’s eye to detail is a delight to read, as are his frequent musings on landscape and history. This subtle, moving story stays with you long after the book is finished."

Jury members, 2021 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction


“We discover [Haigh’s] life long battle with depression, growing middle age angst, his tenuous relationship with his father and his drifting away from the Anglican Church of his youth…. A worthwhile read…[and] a brave book…”

Robert Burcher, The Blue Mountains Review, October 5, 2021

"Ken Haigh’s encounters open up spirited discussions in On Foot to Canterbury. Stories, texts, and histories enmesh: Haigh provides a history of the pilgrimage route, grapples with his spiritual questioning, and ponders the path that lies ahead for him. His peregrinations, physical and mental, widen readers' perspectives on things secular and sacred.”

Kit Dobson, author and professor


Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction, Canada
Short-listed
2021
Prelude xi

1 | Winchester 1
2 | Winchester to New Alresford 23
3 | New Alresford to Alton 41
4 | Alton to Farnham 57
5 | Farnham to Newlands Corner 67
6 | Newlands Corner to Dorking 89
7 | Dorking to Reigate 107
8 | Reigate to Godstone 119
9 | Godstone to Otford 131
10 | Otford to Addington 145
11 | Addington to Rochester 163
12 | Rochester to Thurnham 183
13 | Thurnham to Lenham 199
14 | Lenham to Wye 213
15 | Wye to Canterbury 227
16 | Canterbury 245

Acknowledgements 253
Notes 255
Suggested Reading 263
ISBNs: 9781772125450 978-1-77212-545-0 Title: on foot to canterbury ISBNs: 9781772125900 978-1-77212-590-0 Title: on foot to canterbury ISBNs: 9781772125917 978-1-77212-591-7 Title: on foot to canterbury