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Abbesses Way


29 km / 18 miles
A pilgrimage route from Wenlock Priory to Shrewsbury Abbey, taking in Wenlock Edge, Kenley, Langley Chapel, Acton Burnell Castle and Church, Pitcham and Berrington, to the River Severn and Atcham. Then along the Severn to Shrewsbury, through the outer city to the Rhea Valley, which is followed to the city centre.

One of the routes promoted by the British Pilgrimage Trust.

UPDATE September 2023:
Earlier in 2023 we were informed of a downed footbridge on the loop of the River Severn near Emstrey, necessitating a diversion onto the B4380. However, there is a variant of the Abbesses Way between Berrington and Shrewsbury (Abbesses' Way Berrington-Shrewsbury ALT route) which omits the river.


Path Type: Other Paths
Attributes: Other Paths
Average Gradients
Agricultural land
Open Date: 2021
Web Sites: British Pilgrimage Trust - Abbesses' Way


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
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Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
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OS Landranger 126, 127, 137, 138
OS Landranger Active 126, 127, 137, 138
OS Explorer 217, 241, 242
OS Explorer Active 217, 241, 242

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Route Profile:

29.7 km (18.5 miles)
383 m (1,257 ft) ascent
253 m (830 ft)  maximum height

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