Pilgrim Ways to Walsingham - Weeting to Walsingham

A ruined castle is at the beginning of the evocatively named Pilgrim’s Walk passing through a forest, then a hidden stone cross and several medieval remote churches which follow. Then you are on the ancient trackway of Peddar’s Way before the great wool town of Swaffham. Onwards to the colossal Castle Acre Priory ruins, a classic stopping point on the way to Walsingham.

Remote churches are in plentiful supply as you approach the Catholic Slipper Chapel, from where you can walk the last mile barefoot to Little Walsingham village which, given its littleness, packs a serious spiritual punch with the ruins of the great shrine of Walsingham Abbey and the deeply revered Anglican and Catholic Shrines. Walsingham was one of the big pilgrimage sites destroyed by Thomas Cromwell – the memory of the destruction even has its own song, the Walsingham Ballad. Today, the shrine lives on.

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