The Walsingham Way is a community and ecumenical partnership enabled by Norwich Cathedral. The heart of the project is a green lane and footpath route re-establishing a safe walking route from Norwich to Walsingham. The route was waymarked in the spring of 2021.
Established in 1061, the Holy House and Shrine at Walsingham became the most popular pilgrim destination in medieval England, drawing pilgrims from far and wide. Suppressed at the Reformation, the Holy House and Shrine and pilgrimages were re-established in 20th Century. The growing importance of low carbon travel and interest in and popularity of walking pilgrimages combine to makes the Walsingham Way a project for our time.
Pilgrims may extend their journey by 38 miles if they set out from Great Yarmouth on the Wherryman’s Way. Alternatively, this Great Yarmouth to Norwich path can be walked as a pilgrim route in its own right – tracing Christianity’s development from 7th Century mission stations, on the coast, to the modern cathedral city Mother Julian called home.
We hope to add more routes to our collection; including a King’s Lynn to Walsingham leg to create a continuous route across the heart of Norfolk.