Stage 2. France. Calais to Amettes

Calais, Roman Caletum is only 21 miles (34 km) from Dover and England by sea.   For two centuries up to 1588 Calais was part of England, with representation in Parliament. It was a major stop on the old pilgrim routes.  The walk is coastal, with the official Via Francigena route lengthening the walk at times!   Amettes is a small farming community, with one good restaurant, but most notably the birthplace of Benedict Jospeth Labre.

St Benedict was a Franciscan and led a life of poverty and pilgrimage on foot – to Rome, Loreto, Assisi, Naples, and Bari in Italy, Einsiedeln in Switzerland, Paray-Le-Monial in France and Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

The photographs are taken from the official inaugural walk of the Via Francigena,  organised by the European Institute of Cultural Routes.


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