19 September, 2020
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
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 Southwest.
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.
The pilgrimage will start from St John’s Keynsham at 9.00am for a 10:00am start (and prayer to speed pilgrims on their way), on Saturday 19 September 2020.
The pilgrimage will finish and then disperse from Bath Abbey by 5.30pm.
Tickets to join the pilgrimage are free and all walkers will be sent information closer to the start date in regards to team leaders, detailed timings and health and safety on the day.
Subject to restrictions in place on the day, there are pubs and cafes in Saltford, Kelston and Lansdown for refreshments. Toilets are not guaranteed due to possible restrictions (further details to be confirmed on the day).
Walking Terrain and Distance
The walk is 11 miles in total.
There is plenty of level walking on the route. The climb up to Bath Racecourse (steep in places) will be broken by a picnic stop at Kelston Barn, just below Kelston Roundhill.
The last section of the walk is downhill all the way to Bath!
The walk is planned to take 4 to 5 hrs (at a gentle walking pace) including a 1 hour picnic (please bring your own). There are plenty of possible stopping opportunities along the way but do bear in mind the finishing time at Bath Abbey.
Due to the nature of much of the terrain the walk is unfortunately not suitable for buggy or wheelchair users.
Terms and conditions
Terms and Conditions
- No age limit, but not suitable for buggy or wheelchair users.
- Dogs are welcome, but they won’t be able to enter the churches and must be kept on a lead at Roundhill Barn.
- Entrants are responsible for their own medical condition, ensuring they are fit to complete the walk. Dorothy House Hospice Care reserves the right to cancel this event at any time due to unforeseen circumstances.