The Abbesses’ Way

2 day pilgrimages, West & East Midlands

The Abbesses’ Way – Wenlock Priory to Shrewsbury Abbey – 20 miles, 2 days. You begin at magnificent Wenlock Priory, once a great pilgrimage site of 8th-century abbess St Milburga’s relics. Visit Much Wenlock’s holy wells of St Milburga and St Owen before ascending the poetry-inspiring ridge of Wenlock Edge. Revel in the rolling Shropshire landscape, especially at the well-positioned Kenley Church, before descending to Langley Chapel and Acton Burnell, with its Church right next to a castle built by a bishop. Then by field and road to St Eata’s Church, Atcham, and its adjacent rest stop, the Mytton and Mermaid, before the final approach via the River Severn and Rea Brook to Shrewsbury Abbey, where a small part of the shrine to the 7th-century abbess St Winefride still survives.

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Wenlock Priory

Teacher and Student

Shropshire Hills

Langley Chapel

Kenley Yews

Berrington Font

Atcham Bridge and St Eata Church

Shrewsbury Abbey

Start –
 Train to Telford, then taxi or bus to Wenlock Priory.
End – Train from Shrewsbury. Bus or taxi back to Wenlock for parked cars.
Optional extra night at start – Much Wenlock (for an easier 14-mile leg from Wenlock to Atcham, arrive the afternoon before, see Wenlock Priory then make an early start the morning after).
First or Second night (see above): B&Bs in Acton Burnell, Eaton Mascott – Atcham – Mytton and Mermaid Hotel.
Terrain: footpaths, fields and roads, some uphill. Read this article for How to Walk on Roads.

This route was created by BPT’s Guy Hayward.

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