St Birinus Pilgrimage

0-50 miles, South East England

St Birinus Pilgrimage – 28 miles – 3 days – Wallingford to Wallingford (circular). Saint Birinus was the first bishop of Dorchester; a sleepy little village that was once the centre of Christianity in Wessex, before it was eclipsed by Winchester. Dorchester is the mid-way point of this circular route, that visits many sites closely connected with Birinus’ life. But the Thames Valley is also a place of myth and magic – the route takes you over Wittenham Clumps; two domed hills that are the location of an Iron Age hill fort, buried treasure, and a “cuckoo pen” – a grove a trees with the power to trap a cuckoo, and thus ensure a never-ending summer. The far side of the pilgrimage takes you to Churn Knob, a round barrow where Saint Birinus once preached. Follow the green paths as they take you off the beaten track, close to England’s navel.

More Info on St Birinus Pilgrimage 

Click to Download GPX file for your Digital Map App

Click for instructions on how to use a GPX file

 

Featured Great Routes