Keynsham to Bath Abbey Pilgrimage

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18 September 2021
18 September 2021

Dorothy House Hospice Care and Bath Interfaith Group are holding a walking pilgrimage, open to people of all faiths and none. There will be opportunities along the way for moments of devotion/reflection, quiet contemplation, and appreciation of views and nature; finishing up inside Bath Abbey with an (optional) short thanksgiving service.

The first stretch of this route is level walking by the riverside and on the old railway cycle path. From Saltford, you will head uphill across farmland to the historic Kelston Round Hill, with stunning views across Bristol to Wales (on a clear day!)

You will join the Cotswold Way briefly, which takes you to another panoramic viewpoint at Bath Racecourse. This is followed by a couple of miles 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 quiet garden you’ll find a holy well fed by a fresh-water spring. From Charlcombe, you will walk downhill through meadows to Larkhall.

Crossing the River Avon at Grosvenor Bridge we join the canal towpath for a short level stretch to Sydney Gardens, where you will pause at the Peace Oak, planted over 100 years ago as part of celebrations marking the end of the First World War.

Finally, you will take Great Pulteney Street (a popular filming location for period dramas) into the city centre to Bath Abbey where you’re welcome to join in an optional short service marking the end of the pilgrimage.

Bath Interfaith Group and Dorothy House Hospice Care are also offering a shorter, half-day walking pilgrimage starting from Lansdown Park and Ride. Pilgrims from both groups will join together for the optional service in Bath Abbey.

This event is part of Bathscape Walking Festival.