Cornish Celtic Way

Featured Routes, SW England, 1-2 week, Sanctuary

Cornish Celtic Way – 125 miles – 12 days – St German’s Priory to St Michael’s Mount. Binding together three of Cornwall’s best-loved routes – the coastal route, Cornish Saints’ Way, and St Michael’s Way – the Cornish Celtic Way gives pilgrims the opportunity to see the very best of Cornwall’s world-renowned spiritual inheritance. The Celtic saints of this country engaged with nature deeply, and risked everything to bring Christianity to Cornwall in the sixth century AD. By following the Cornish Celtic Way, you will be guided in their ways; visiting holy wells, hidden glens, ancient churches, standing stones, and carved crosses, and making river crossings. Glimpse magic in the pools, trees, and earth of Cornwall. And along with the beautiful guidebook, if you acquire a Cornish Celtic Way Passport and get it stamped in places along the way, you gain access to budget accommodation on the floors of over twenty churches and church halls, allowing walkers carrying a mat and sleeping bag to walk long sections of the route, or even go the whole distance!

St Germans Priory
Looe Island
Daphne Du Maurier’s favourite church
Picturesque Fowey Harbour
Colourful St Issey Church
St Constantine’s Chapel and Well
St Michael’s Mount

Holy Places listed in Britain’s Pilgrim Places book: St Germans Priory; Constantine Bay; Holywell Bay; Perranporth.

The guidebook for this route is expertly designed, with lovely photos, and just enough text to give interesting stories about the saints and the places you pass through, also suggesting particular actions in specific places like touching Celtic stone crosses, but it never gets overwhelming with detail. Buying the Guidebook and Passport together is thoroughly recommended for the best experience.

Find out details of low-cost Sanctuary accommodation along the route
(only bookable by pilgrims who are holders of the Cornish Celtic Way passport)

Buy Official Guidebook

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Click to download route/s in GPX file format for your smartphone’s map app

Instructions for using a GPX file to show you the route offline on your smartphone

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  1. Peter

    Just done St Unys to St Michael’s Mount .GPX could do with a little more detail. but I guess it will improve with more input keep up he good work!

    • Dawn Champion

      Thanks Peter can you give us any specific areas where the GPX needs improving and which app you were using? Sometimes route accuracy can vary a little depending on the app. We’ll be able to feed this back to the Cornish Celtic Way if there is an issue.

  2. Hello British Pilgrimage Trust. Our family of four from the States completed the Cornish Celtic Way over 2 weeks in August 2023. We adapted it on two days in order to attend Mass in St. Austell and to visit St. Michael’s Chapel in Roche. The Cornish Celtic Way concept is wonderfully well conceived by Rev. Marns and the path of the rural walk excellently executed. Our 157 mile pilgrimage has been outlined in 15 daily itineraries on the Outdoor Active hiking app. Each day includes a map as well as a record of miles and hours walked. We have detailed our daily endeavors and reviews of our church visits. Spiritual practices and reflections are included for those who may wish to walk a similar route through Cornwall or indeed on any pilgrimage. While a pilgrimage such as the Cornish Celtic Way can be physically arduous, it yields great mental refreshment and spiritual renewal. It is, truthfully, great fun. Our goal in establishing these intentional prayer habits was to help us maintain spiritual rigor while enjoying Cornwall’s wonderful scenery, food and people. Thank you, BPT, for your efforts and commitment! For more information, see:


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