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St Kenelm's Way

Gloucestershire, Worcestershire

80 km / 50 miles
St Kenelm's Way is a walk through Worcestershire from the Clent Hills to the Cotswolds. It is based on the legend surrounding the death of the young Saxon prince, the grandson of King Offa, 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 wherever the cortege rested on the journey reputedly a crystal spring gushed forth.

Following field and woodland paths and a stretch of the scenic Worcester - Birmingham canal, the walk undulates past historic villages to the half way stage at Upton Snodsbury and from Wyre Piddle the Avon is followed to historic Pershore.

A Saxon ridgeway over Bredon Hill and the Salt Way climbing above Hailes provide views back to Clent and the descent to St Kenelm's Well at Winchcombe is an exhilarating finale.


Path Type: Other Paths
Attributes: Average Gradients
Start: SO944807 - Romsley Church, Clent Hills, Worcestershire View on StreetMap
Finish: SP024284 - Abbey Terrace, Winchcombe, Gloucestershire View on StreetMap
Open Date: 2005

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook St Kenelm's Way: Clent to Cotswold  (Walking Pages  - 2003 )


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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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Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps:
OS Landranger 139, 150, 163
OS Landranger Active 139, 150, 163
OS Explorer 45, 190, 204, 219
OS Explorer Active 45, 190, 204, 219

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79.0 km (49.1 miles)
1,117 m (3,665 ft) ascent
306 m (1,004 ft)  maximum height

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