Just two hours from London by train and a transport hub in its own right, Norwich was once England’s second city. Once said to have had ‘a pub for every day of the year and a church for every week‘; the city’s night time economy and church life remain vibrant with fewer pubs and churches. Historic church buildings continue to be an important part of the cityscape.
Like Liverpool, Norwich ‘has a cathedral to spare’! Gilbert Scott’s 1910 gothic Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, on a hill outside the city walls overlooking the river. Herbert de Losinga’s 1096 romanesque Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity, built on a spit of dry land by riverside.
The cathedrals provide twin starting points for the Walsingham Way, but it is not long before two routes meet. Pilgrims starting out from other points might join the Walsingham Way at start of the Marriott’s Way north of the Barn Road roundabout.
Pilgrims arriving at the mainline station, will find the natural route leads them through the ancient Cathedral Close.