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St Kenelm's Way

St Kenelm's ChurchSt 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 fascinating story of St Kenelm which draws one to making this journey, following a legend and, who knows, discovering some truths.

The guidebook describes the route in five day walk sections.
Clent to Upton Warren - 10.25 miles
Upton Warren to Upton Snodsbury - 11 miles
Upton Snodbury to Great Comberton - 10 miles
Great Comberton to Dumbleton - 10.5 miles
Dumbleton to Winchcombe - 10 miles


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Start: Romsley

Grid Ref: SO 961796

End: Winchcombe

Grid Ref: SP 019278

Distance: 96 km

Walking Time: 5 days

Counties Traversed

Explorer™ Maps
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St Kenelms Way

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