St Kenelm’s Way – 55 miles – 5 days – Clent to St Kenelm’s Well, Winchcombe. (NB different to St Kenelm’s Trail). Following fields, woodland and canal paths in Saxon Worcestershire, the route wends through historic villages to Upton Snodsbury, Wyre Piddle via the River Avon to Pershore. Then a Saxon ridgeway over Bredon Hill and the Salt Way until a descent to St Kenelm’s Well at Winchcombe.
The legend of Kenelm was first recorded by a monk at Worcester Abbey and tells of the murder of the young Prince while on a hunting trip in the forests of Clent from the Mercian palace at Winchcombe. When the cruel deed was discovered the prince’s remains were recovered and carried in ceremonious procession back to Winchcombe Abbey and wherever the cortege rested on the journey a spring of pure water gushed forth. For more information about the famous medieval saint and pilgrimage shrine of the Middle Ages, see our other entry on ‘St Kenelm’s Trail‘.