London to Walsingham Camino – 180 miles, 18 days

A newly-established, 180-mile pilgrim walking route that revives the medieval path from the capital to England’s greatest holy shrine. The London to Walsingham Camino follows footpaths and quiet country lanes, running from St Magnus the Martyr Church alongside London Bridge, out of the city along the Lea Valley and on through Essex, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Norfolk. The route is divided into 13 stages, averaging 14 miles per day, with a further option to walk an average of seven miles a day.

The route has been given official recognition by the Confraternity of St James, under powers deputed by the cathedral authorities in Santiago. This means that any pilgrim who walks at least 25km of it – and collects pilgrim stamps from some of the 20 churches along the path that have them – will be able to use that 25km towards the total of 100km that must be walked to receive their Compostela when they reach Santiago.

A guidebook to the route, London to Walsingham Camino: the Pilgrimage Guide is published by Trailblazer. It contains full information on accommodation, places for food and drink, and public transport. Readers have access to full gps mapping that can be downloaded to a phone, plus step-by-step written directions to be used in conjunction with paper maps.

Click to buy guidebook, which is the only way you can get access to the accompanying GPX file for this particular route.

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