Take a bus from Oxford to Eynsham Church – find details here.

Begin your pilgrimage at St Leonards Church in Eynsham. Possibly Eynsham had an early Minster, but it certainly had an Abbey foundedin 1005.

From Eynsham cross the old Swinford Bridge, and follow River Thames East, skirting Wytham Great Wood. The bows are often extreme, but beautiful to trace by foot. Cross the A34 at Lower Wolvercote, and find the remains of Godstowe Abbey, burial place of King Henry II’s ‘Fair Rosamunde’ – and a favoured picnic ground of Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell.

Keep following Thames south, with Wolvercote Common on the other side, rare and fiercely protected grazing ground. Follow the footpath away from the river towar Binsey, to meet St Margaret’s Church and St Frithuswith’s Holy Well. Also known as the Treacle Well.

Then retrace steps to River Thames, and continue South. Cross over to the Oxford Canal, and enter the city at Hythe Bridge Street. Follow straight to George Street, before taking Bulwark Lane through the through the quieter backstreets. St Ebbe’s Church and St Aldate’s Church are en route. Then follow St Aldate’s Street South to enter Christ Church Cathedral.

Another option for a circular route is the light orange line on the Google Map below.

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