St Kenelm's Way
St Kenelm's Way is a walk of 60 miles from St Kenelm's church, Romsley in the Clent Hills to Winchcombe in the Cotswolds, tracing the legendary journey of the young prince's body from the site of his murder to his burial place at Winchcombe. The holy remains were carried ceremoniously by the monks of Winchcombe Abbey and, so the legend goes, wherever the cortege rested on the journey a crystal spring gushed forth.
This route, first published in 2005, was conceived, surveyed and written by Gerry Stewart, author of the guidebook. It passes through some of the finest Worcestershire countryside visiting the following towns and villages: Belbroughton; Upton Warren; Hanbury with it's beautiful Hall; Temple Broughton; Himbleton; Huddington; Upton Snodsbury; Wyre Piddle; Pershore; Great Comberton; Elmley Castle; Ashton Under Hill; Dumbleton and Winchcombe.
The section south of Pershore is particularly attractive, passing through the villages at the eastern foot of Bredon Hill, although the whole route can be recommended. However, it is the facinating story of St Kenelm which draws one to making this journey, following a legend and, who knows, discovering some truths.
The walk can be completed in five days with overnight stops at Upton Warren, Upton Snodsbury, Great Comberton, Dumbleton and Winchcombe at the end of the walk. If you would like current accommodation recommendations for this route email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the TIC closest to where you wish to stay.
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