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Hiking The Ways of the Saints: Pilgrimages & Pilgrim Routes in the UK public

Pilgrimages, pilgrim routes and routes of religious historical interest in the UK. Some of these routes are pilgrimages over 1000 years old whilst others are new routes visiting places of historically religious interests. Click on any map title in the scrollable list on the right for more detail of the selected route.

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Literary Walks: The John Bunyan Trail: Pilgrim Routes Jump to location

Beds, Herts, Pilgrimage The Trail was created by the Bedfordshire Group and is dedicated to the memory of John Bunyan, the Puritan Evangelist and author of the book 'Pilgrim's Progress'. The route passes through a number of attractive villages and scenic countryside, taking in many places of historic interest connected with Bunyan. View other pilgrim routes here http://bit.ly/1iN22iS

Beacons: 1004 | Distance: 86 miles | Height Gain: 8,281 ft

 

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Pilgrim Routes: Whitby Way Jump to location

The Way meanders through the Vale of York and over the North York Moors visiting many pilgrimage places of interest and taking in Crayke, Coxwold, Helmsley, Kirkbymoorside, Egton and Sleights. Ancient paved ways as well as moorland tracks and field paths form the route.

Beacons: 1141 | Distance: 81 miles | Height Gain: 10,131 ft

 

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Pilgrim Routes: Lake Pickering Circuit Jump to location

The Lake Pickering Circuit was devised to commemorate Percy Kendall’s classic paper suggesting how a great lake occupied the Vale at the end of the Ice Age. The Circuit follows the higher land around the edges of the Vale and passes along the Howardian and Tabular Hills, the North Sea coastal cliffs and the Yorkshire Wolds. The Vale of Pickering has a rich history of Christian witness.

Beacons: 1209 | Distance: 152 miles | Height Gain: 14,482 ft

 

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Pilgrim Routes: Canterbury- The Pilgrim's Way Jump to location

Hants, Kent, Surrey. Pilgrimage. The Pilgrims' Way is an ancient track between Winchester and Canterbury. Though not itself a single promoted long distance path, it is approximated by the St Swithun's and North Downs Ways. More on Wiki https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pilgrims'_Way Other pilgrim routes here http://bit.ly/1iN22iS

Beacons: 2322 | Distance: 153 miles | Height Gain: 14,629 ft

 

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Pilgrim Routes: St. James Way Jump to location

The Confraternity of St James (http://www.csj.org.uk) has created a route called the St James Way, linking the Jacobean shrine at Reading Abbey, associated with St James in the Middle Ages, with the major south coast port of Southampton, where pilgrims embarked for France and Spain.

Beacons: 1120 | Distance: 72 miles | Height Gain: 4,390 ft

 

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Pilgrim Routes: John Schorne Peregrination Jump to location

John Schorne, (http://goo.gl/de4DUa) Rector of North Marston, Buckinghamshire, between 1290-1314 was recognised in his lifetime as a devout and holy man. One year after a prolonged drought, he struck the ground with his staff, and like Moses, he was rewarded with water. This 27-mile pilgrimage walk takes you around his area in countryside south of Buckingham, and to North Marston and his well.

Beacons: 288 | Distance: 29.8 miles | Height Gain: 1,873 ft

 

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Pilgrim Routes: The Cistercian Way. Wales Jump to location

Caerphilly, Ceredigion, Conwy, Denbighs, Gwynedd, Powys, Rhondda, Torfaen, Wrexham The Cistercian Way is more than a long-distance path: it is a walk into the heart of Wales. Explore the great abbeys of the Cistercian order, the little churches of the Welsh hills, Stone Age burial mounds & medieval castles. http://cistercian-way.newport.ac.uk Other pilgrim routes here http://bit.ly/1iN22iS

Beacons: 9199 | Distance: 672 miles | Height Gain: 105,430 ft

 

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Pilgrim Routes: St. Columba's Way. Scotland Jump to location

Argyll and Bute, Dundee, Fife, Perth, Stirling From the historic Isle of Iona to the famous ancient pilgrimage town of St Andrews, nearly 200 miles of diverse and breathtaking scenery, along remote coasts, across hills, through glens, or by quiet roads through friendly highland villages. Cyclists may have to dismount on certain sections. Includes two ferry journeys.

Beacons: 3229 | Distance: 261 miles | Height Gain: 28,222 ft

 

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Pilgrim Routes: The Essex Priory Way Jump to location

A beautiful coastal walk of 20 miles, from St. Osyth Stone Point, via St. Osyth, Brightlingsea and Wivenhoe to St Botolph's Priory in Colchester. En route you follow well defined paths besides coastal creeks, see Essex's finest 15th century church tower, and a rare Tide-mill. You pass Inns, old buildings and learn about the Witches of St. Osyth. Purchase a guide here http://goo.gl/zyIKKt

Beacons: 297 | Distance: 21.5 miles | Height Gain: 751 ft

 

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Pilgrim Routes: The North Wales Pilgrim’s Way, Taith Pererin Jump to location

Conwy, Denbighs, Flints, Gwynedd The North Wales Pilgrim’s Way, or Taith Pererin, is a long distance footpath across North Wales linking St Winefride's Well at Holywell with Bardsey Island, Gwynedd; a distance of some 130 miles. Find out more on the official website - http://www.pilgrims-way-north-wales.org Other Pilgrim Routes here http://bit.ly/1iN22iS

Beacons: 2053 | Distance: 148 miles | Height Gain: 19,777 ft

 

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Pilgrim Routes: St. Cedd's Pilgrimage Jump to location

St. Cedd is the Patron of Essex (http://goo.gl/9qX6ys) This figure of eight Pilgrimage walk is on level ground with views as you walk around this remote corner of Essex and England. An area of wide landscapes and large farms much of it you will have to yourself and the birds. The simple chapel of St. Peter on the Wall is the goal with time for contemplation and connection to Mother Earth.

Beacons: 250 | Distance: 23.8 miles | Height Gain: 666 ft

 

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Pilgrim Routes: Beverley Minster To Bridlington Priory Jump to location

The Pilgrimage from Beverley Minster to the Priory Church of St Mary, Bridlington was created in 2013 in celebration of 900 years of the priory Church. Visit the official website http://www.priory900.org/

Beacons: 403 | Distance: 43 miles | Height Gain: 2,047 ft

 

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Pilgrim Routes: St. Birinus Pilgrimage Walk Jump to location

Oxon A Pilgrimage Walk from the newly ordained Revd John Merrill it starts at Wallingford in Oxfordshire and visits places accociated with St Birinus and other hisorical sites and churches in the area.

Beacons: 322 | Distance: 27.6 miles | Height Gain: 2,251 ft

 

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Pilgrim Routes: 1066 Harold's Way Jump to location

Sussex, London, Kent, Pilgrimage. A new (2013) 153km long distance footpath that follows King Harold’s epic journey from London to Senlac Hill, to the site of the Battle of Hastings, 14th October 1066. It follows using modern rights of way the route that Harold's army may have taken in their three days of marching. http://www.1066haroldsway.co.uk/. Other pilgrim routes here http://goo.gl/lvwmsX

Beacons: 1249 | Distance: 106 miles | Height Gain: 7,615 ft

 

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Pilgrim Routes: St Bega's Way Jump to location

A walk linking the Norman Priory Church of St Mary and St Bega at St Bees, on the Irish Sea coast, to the pre-Norman church of St Bega by the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake, through rural West Cumbria and the magnificent scenery of the English Lake District. http://goo.gl/ABBm8l

Beacons: 339 | Distance: 40 miles | Height Gain: 7,011 ft

 

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Pilgrim Routes: The AbbeyTrail.Yorkshire Dales Jump to location

The beautiful Yorkshire countryside, with its gently sloping hills, valleys and amazing scenic views, is home to some of England's greatest abbeys. The Abbey Trail links seven of these historic buildings at Kirkstall, Fountains, Byland, Rievaulx, Lastingham, Rosedale and Whitby into a great long distance path with an ecclesiastical and historical theme.

Beacons: 2438 | Distance: 136 miles | Height Gain: 17,717 ft

 

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Pilgrim Routes: St. Albans Way Jump to location

This John Merrill route links two major pilgrimage centres and Abbey churches. Waltham Abbey (Augustinian), was the last abbey to be dissolved and where pilgrims flocked to the Holy Cross. The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban (Benedictine), has been for over 1,700 years a major pilgrimage centre to St Alban’s tomb England’s first martyr.

Beacons: 370 | Distance: 23.7 miles | Height Gain: 2,008 ft

 

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Pilgrim Routes: The Celtic Way Jump to location

Pilgrimage. The route visits more than 100 pre-historic sites through South Wales and the South West peninsula and includes 111 miles of the Land's End Trail. Alternative routes across Exmoor or through Wessex are incorporated. This pioneering 725-mile route through western Britain takes in Pembroke, Stonehenge, Glastonbury, Exmoor and St Michael's Mount. More Pilgrim Routes http://bit.ly/1iN22iS

Beacons: 5835 | Distance: 758 miles | Height Gain: 93,865 ft

 

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Pilgrim Routes: Saint Andrews Pilgrimage Way. Scotland Jump to location

The Saint Andrew’s Way (http://www.thesaintandrewsway.com) is a popular medieval pilgrimage route that has been restored in recent years. It takes in some of the area’s most breathtaking sights, such as the magnificent Forth bridges, Vane Farm nature reserve and the shores of Loch Leven, before finally finishing at the stunning St Andrew’s Cathedral.

Beacons: 950 | Distance: 89 miles | Height Gain: 7,290 ft

 

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Pilgrim Routes: St.Illtyd's Walk Jump to location

Pilgrimage. St Illtyd flourished in the latter part of the fifth and beginning of the sixth century, and was held in high veneration in Wales.The Walk links with the Coed Morgannwg Way at Margam giving access to the Rhymney Valley Ridgeway Walk and Taff Trail. Other pilgrim routes here http://bit.ly/1iN22iS

Beacons: 1424 | Distance: 77 miles | Height Gain: 12,887 ft

 

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Pilgrim Routes: Paulinus Way Jump to location

Paulinus was a young Roman monk at St Andrew’s Monastery in Rome. In 601 he was sent by Pope Gregory the Great to help St Augustine with the second phase of his conversion of the people of Britain. A fantastic route across what was old Northumbria, passing through an amazingly beautiful landscape, previously unseen by many. http://goo.gl/qQezs7

Beacons: 725 | Distance: 103 miles | Height Gain: 6,617 ft

 

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Pilgrim Routes: St Cuthbert's Way Jump to location

Pilgrimage. The Way was inspired by the life of St Cuthbert, who began his ministry at Melrose in 650 AD, eventually becoming the Bishop of Lindisfarne. Official website http://www.stcuthbertsway.net/ Other pilgrim routes here http://bit.ly/1iN22iS

Beacons: 1264 | Distance: 76 miles | Height Gain: 9,816 ft

 

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Pilgrim Routes: Our Lady Of Ulting Pilgrimage Walk Jump to location

An easy walk starting at Danbury Common Car Park, Essex this pilgrimage walk follows well defined paths across fields, through woodland and besides the River Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation visiting the site of the pilgrimage church at Ulting. You can download a PDF for more information on Our Lady of Ulting http://goo.gl/76HDK4

Beacons: 193 | Distance: 12.8 miles | Height Gain: 883 ft

 

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Pilgrim Routes: London To Walsingham Jump to location

Other pilgrim routes here http://bit.ly/1iN22iS

Beacons: 2826 | Distance: 174 miles | Height Gain: 11,526 ft

 

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Pilgrim Routes: Our Lady Of Caversham Pilgrimage Walk Jump to location

In Medieval times, the pilgrimage to Our lady of Caversham was a major destination of Kings, Queens, nobles, knights and peasants. This route follows the River 35 miles from Windsor to Caversham: the route royalty took to the shrine. For the pilgrim Caversham has four sites to visit, including a Holy Well before reaching St Ann's Church and the shrine of Our lady.

Beacons: 371 | Distance: 38 miles | Height Gain: 2,224 ft

 

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