Worcester Cathedral Pilgrimage in a Day
Droitwich Spa – 10.5 miles, Google Map Orange Line. Home of two historical Christian leaders, Droitwich Spa is a perfect starting point for a riverside walk to Worcester Cathedral. Both these devout sons of Droitwich went on to find fame elsewhere, St Richard becoming bishop of Chichester in the 13th century and Edward Winslow boarding the Mayflower to seek religious freedom in the American colony of New Plymouth. Starting at the town’s memorial garden and statue celebrating St Richard’s early years, this park also includes the town’s brine well, which the saint successfully restored with a blessing when it started to fail. The route moves to the church of St Andrew, which Richard would have known, then to the town’s other early church St Peter’s where a memorial to Edward Winslow marks his place in history as one of the Pilgrim Fathers. A long and peaceful walk beside the Droitwich Canal and then the River Severn then follows, leading to the centre of Worcester itself, where a few steps connect to the cathedral and further opportunity to contemplate the holy history of this appealing one-day pilgrim route. The cathedral’s two saints St Oswald and St Wulfstan also have connections further afield, the former ending up as Archbishop of York in the 10th century and the latter successfully campaigning against the slave trade from Ireland to Britain in the 11th century.
Great Malvern Priory – 11 miles, Google Map Yellow Line. Walk the Three Choirs Way from Malvern Priory, with a final approach to the Cathedral along the River Severn. See photos below.
Pershore Abbey – 12 miles, Google Map Burgundy Line. Walk from historic abbey of Pershore, joining the River Severn at Kempsey for a final approach to the Cathedral.
Evesham Abbey (via Pershore) – 21 miles, Google Map Burgundy Line. This is the same as the Pershore route but with a day’s extension from Evesham Abbey.
Short Urban Pilgrimage – 0.5 miles, Google Map Green Line. Visits Old St Martin in the Cornmarket, St Swithun’s, and St Helen’s Churches, and Worcester Cathedral.
Great Malvern to Worcester Cathedral (11 miles)