Truro Cathedral Pilgrimage in a Day – 6.5 miles.

Water dominates this pilgrimage to Truro Cathedral, with a good amount of Celtic heritage included. Starting at the village of Tresillian, two churches offer much to illuminate Cornwall’s rich faith heritage. The Anglican church offers an interesting reflection on the cycles of use and reuse of religious artefacts. Although this parish church only dates from 1904, it includes a devotional statue of St Anthony and a font rescued from a now abandoned medieval church at Merther, once dedicated to the martyr St Coan. The nearby Methodist chapel represents the county’s long tradition of non-conformist religion. A three-mile walk along the river leads to the medieval church of St Clement’s, with its striking ancient cross outside. A holy well dedicated to the same saint can be seen a few steps away as you continue your pilgrimage along Denas Road, the name given to the footpath running alongside Tresillian river. Following the estuary shore round into Truro river leads towards the city centre for the final steps to Truro Cathedral.

For a shorter circular route, see map below for Truro – St Cleer – Truro. You can just walk along the river both ways along the burgundy line on Google Map below, but if you want variety, follow the pink line on the way out or back.

In collaboration with the British Pilgrimage Trust, this route was created by Nick Mayhew-Smith, co-author of ‘Britain’s Pilgrim Places‘.

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