|Via:||Farnham, Guildford, Dorking, Mertsham, Otford, Keynsham, Cuxton, Charing, Canterbury (on loop off route)|
|Old route now:||A31, B3000, A25, A224, A225, B2011|
The name Pilgrim's Way is a relatively recent invention. It got its name from the Mediaeval Pilgrims who would have walked approximately along the route from Winchester to Canterbury. On OS maps, the name Pilgrim's Way and the word Trackway (in the typeface used for archaeological sites) appear together.
The towns of Dorking and Reigate among others have their main streets running east-west, so parallel to the Pilgrim's Way. It seems likely that mediaeval travellers would in fact have taken the road through the towns (roughly the modern A25) instead of the ancient track way.
Some of the route is still a road open to vehicles; much of it is now bridleway. The North Downs Way long distance footpath uses the Pilgrim's Way for much of its length, but deviates from it in many places.