Birmingham Cathedral Pilgrimage in a Day – 7.5 miles. This pilgrimage starts at the ruins of Sandwell Priory, this place name recording the presence of a holy well which still flows today beside the path, named St Augustine’s Well. Moving south towards the city, a Buddhist temple built in traditional Burmese style with gold spire heralds the richness of this walk through Birmingham’s colourful heritage. This pilgrimage then takes on a distinctly traditional character as it moves to pay homage at the shrines of two saints, the first being Birmingham’s newly canonised St John Newman in the Birmingham Oratory. After a detour to visit the city’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral, pilgrims then visit the shrine of St Chad, the Anglo-Saxon bishop of Mercia who is venerated above the high altar of the city’s Roman Catholic cathedral. The route then concludes after a further short walk to St Philip’s Cathedral.
In collaboration with the British Pilgrimage Trust, this route was created by Nick Mayhew-Smith, author of ‘The Naked Hermit‘, and Britain’s Holiest Places.