Medieval Pilgrimage self-guided trail

Medieval Pilgrimage in Surrey - a self-guided heritage walk incorporating St Martha's and St Catherine's, near Guildford

As part of the 'Journeys' theme for this year's Festival of Archaeology, Surrey Archaeological Society's Medieval Studies Forum have produced a self-guided heritage trail and leaflet which highlights the limited evidence for medieval pilgrimage within the county. This includes historical research on two ecclesiastical sites with limited evidence for pilgrimage taking place in medieval times, St Catherine's Chapel, Artington and the Church of St Martha-on-the-Hill near Guildford.

The self-guided trail, which focuses on the walk from St Catherine’s to St Martha’s and follows the traditional 'Pilgrim's Way', has many route options which can be taken, depending on the type and length of journey preferred. Suggested circular routes from a starting point in Guildford are provided, both via a return train journey from Chilworth and as a walk entirely on foot across Pewley Down. The walk ranges in length between approximately 4.6 miles (if taking the train option from Chilworth back to Guildford) or 6.3 miles (if done entirely by foot). The journey is estimated to range from 2.5 to 3 hours, not counting stoppage time at the sites, with a moderate level of difficulty, due to some steep climbs and descents.

A downloadable A3 size leaflet has been put together and is available below, and there will be a limited print run of leaflets which will also be available at venues including the Society's research centre at Abinger Hammer.

This is available as a printable double-sided pdf PDF icon Surrey Medieval Pilgrimage trail leaflet (print version).pdf

It has also been broken down into a more user-friendly version for reading, including the outer pages and inside map PDF icon Surrey Medieval Pilgrimage trail leaflet outside (read-only version).pdfPDF icon Surrey Medieval Pilgrimage trail leaflet (read-only version map).pdf