St Hilda’s Way

0-50 miles, England (N)

St Hilda’s Way is a 43 mile pilgrimage route from Hinderwell in Yorkshire to Whitby Abbey.

It visits eight Churches and Chapels all dedicated to St Hilda, as well as two other churches named after St Hedda and St Mary.

Hilda was Abbess of Hartlepool and founder of Whitby Abbey, raised in King Edwin of Northumbria’s Court.

Legends say seabirds flying over Whitby Abbey dip their wings in tribute to St Hilda, after her miracle of turning a plague of snakes into stone, which in the modern era led to the naming of the ammonite genus Hildoceras.

A guidebook detailing the route is available from the path developers.

Download the GPX file (zipped) for St Hilda’s Way



Featured Great Routes