Walking from St John’s Church Keynsham and finishing at Bath Abbey your pilgrimage will take you through some of the most iconic, peaceful and breathtakingly beautiful sites in the south west. This walk is a partnership between Dorothy House Hospice Care and Bath Interfaith Group.
On leaving St John’s Church you will walk along the riverside before joining the old railway cycle path to St Mary’s Saltford. From there you head uphill across farmland to the historic Kelston Roundhill, with stunning views across Bristol to Wales. You join the Cotswold Way briefly, which takes you to another panoramic viewpoint at Bath Racecourse. This is followed by a couple of miles of level walking across farmland before you begin the descent into Bath. Tucked into the hillside above Bath, St Mary’s Charlcombe is the oldest ecclesiastical building in Bath still in use today. In St Mary’s peaceful garden you’ll find a holy well fed by a fresh-water spring. The final stretch of the route includes Bath’s famous architectural gems: the Royal Crescent, Circus and Assembly Rooms, finishing at the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey.
As a pilgrimage the walk is open to people of all faiths and none. There will be plenty of opportunities along the way for quiet contemplation, appreciation of views and nature, historical information and appropriate readings; finishing up inside Bath Abbey with thanksgiving for a journey shared amongst strangers who have become friends.
Once registered, you’ll receive further information from Dorothy House. You will walk in small groups, rather than altogether.