– the Touring Cyclist’s Guide to the via Francigena from Canterbury to Rome, comprises 24 stages covering 1091km. The route leads from the seat of the christian church in England and also one of the first Roman settlements into north and eastern France discovering vestiges of the ancient roads and much of Europes turbulent history. It leads on over the Jura to the stunning sites of Lake Geneva and the challenge of crossing Alps by the Grand St Bernard pass. Through Italy we encounter more and more sites of christian and Roman heritage while enjoying magnificent scenery and the unforgettable food. Finally enjoying the thrill of the arrival at St Peters Square and the reward of the testimonium. Overall the route has been designed with touring bikes in mind but aims to closely track Sigeric’s route passing through or close to each of the 79 submansions mentioned in his chronicle but adapting to present day road conditions. We will follow quiet tarmac roads where possible, but will also use gravel tracks where they add to the experience.
The guide comprises a complete GPS trace; additional directions for confirmation of routing; details for a a wide range of accommodation location throughout the route together with the locations and details of vital services that you may need in an emergency.
In addition the guide also provides a wealth historic and cultural information related to both pilgrimage and to many sites of interest along the route.