Based on local walks centered around Oundle, the 43.5 mile Pilgrimage Route is made up largely of footpaths, byways and country lanes. It takes in beautiful rural countryside, interspersed by ancient villages with olde worlde pubs and medieval churches.
The main Pilgrimage Event begins on the second Saturday in August, to coincide with the Farmers Market in Oundle.
A Pilgrimage pack is available for £5 from Trek Kits in Oundle and contains a sponsorship form and a Pilgrims Passport to collect stamps en route; a certificate to mark the extent of their overall journey once completed.
A detailed guide is also available for £5.
Passport check point information will be found on the passports.
The Ancient Village & Church Route
Gives an interesting overview of this historic region with iconic landmarks such as the site of Fotheringhay Castle and its elaborately built Saint Mary and All Saints Church. There are many picturesque church views which help mark the way, and some of the ancient villages date back to Roman times.
The first section of the journey is dominated by woodlands which later opens up into a rural landscape divided by the meandering River Nene.
You are scarcely 3 miles from a village at any given point and there are plenty of yellow markers to ensure you won’t get lost.
The last section from Fotheringhay offers the longer traditional route via Elton marked here; though there are 2 shorter alternatives back to Oundle.
1) Beyond Fotheringhay Castle, the Nene Way follows a course to Warmington Mill and Ashton thus deleting the Elton section of 4 miles.
2) The second option crosses the Fotheringhay Nene Bridge and follows the road for 1.5 miles to Tansor and then the cycle route to Cotterstock. Nearing Cotterstock Mill, join the river trail (left) and walk the last mile back to Oundle.
The Walking Route
The walking route is 43.5 miles in total and split into 6 phases, each detailed below. The Pilgrimage booklet contains full details of each phase.
The Family Route
A cut down version of the Pilgrimage designed as a family day out. Forget the XBox and playstations for a day and get some fresh air and exercise all for free!
The family route takes you along the banks of the river Nene to Cotterstock and then through to Ashton before returning into Oundle, again along the river bank.
Why not take a picnic lunch and enjoy a great family day out.