This was a short pilgrimage that I came across on the British Pilgrimage Trust where it shows a map and the churches and places to visit on the route. Thing is I had been to all the churches that were mentioned and nearly all the places apart from the start which was odd as I had been all around it.
I could not tell you how long the pilgrimage has been going but I do remember it from when I was a youngster along with one to Walsingham that I heard about while in church. I have show photos of the churches in this blog along with links that take you to my blog of the church showing you what to expect if you visit them.
This is a screen shot of the route along with churches and places to visit. I thought it might be a good idea to write a blog to go with the pilgrimage showing the churches you will visit. In reality the route is of no problem and it is one that is followed every year on the pilgrimage. If you are going to do the pilgrimage I would suggest you get an Ordnance Survey Map of the are which shows all the footpaths, google maps is not but not my preferred map the link at the end should take you to a couple of OS map I printed that you can download
St Birinus, first Bishop of Dorchester-on-Thames, in the 7th century and is
still the focus of an annual pilgrimage and service. It was taken by Andriew Smith on Geograph in 2006 so you will no longer see Didcot power station and the cross I remember the council complained it had no planning permission and was taken down, I did see a photo of it laid nearby.
This will bring you out by St John the Baptist Church which is a nice church in need of some TLC. It may not be open because on some of the occasions I visited it was locked. Hopefully some one can arrange for it to be open.
The path will bring you out near St Agatha's Church which is a very pleasant church to look around, in the churchyard you can see Cob walls.
Which is a couple of mounds making a ditch running towards Dorchester. Follow the footpath till tou see it turn left with brings you out on Little Wittenham Lane which you walk along till you come to Watling Lane, turn right here and walk till you reach Bridge End where you turn left and walk toward your next Church
St Berinus which is a beautiful little Catholic church well worth saying a prayer in. After you have finished in there walk back out the gate and turn right going along Bridge end toll you reach the junction.
Across the road past the Toll house you will see your final destination Dorchester Abbey which amazed me when I visited and made me want to return again