St Birinus Pilgrimage

Historic Pathways St Birinus Pilgrimage from  Churn Knob,Blewbury to Dorchester, 6th July. The chance of doing a 12 mile walk with like minded U3A members starting at Churn Knob Blewbury ending at Dorchester Abbey and stopping en route for lunch in the Red Lion at Brightwell-cum-Sotwell was too good to miss, so I made sure I didn’t.  I had never heard of St Birinus until I read the flyer about the walk which said Saint Birinus came to Wessex in 635 and having baptised King Cynegils became Bishop of Dorchester. He was largely responsible for bringing Christianity to this area and founding many of our present churches.
James Pratt our leader gave a short talk about St Birinus and the Pilgramage route before we set off at a cracking pace.  Linda Francis, (who had produced the map we were using) was our back marker

As James was wearing shorts I kept the legs of my trousers unzipped so I too was in shorts.  James however must be hardy and immune to nettles – he trampled through without a care whilst the rest of us trod carefully.  At the first convenient opportunity I zipped them on again.

It was a lovely sunny day – spectacular views – red kites – good company – no need for a “stick to beat us” on our way as the carrot at the end of the walk was the cream tea – scones freshly baked that day by Susie Berry and served in the Abbey Guest House Upper Room beside the Abbey followed by an enjoyable and informative talk with slides giving in-depth information about St Birinus Pilgrimage walk.  The Abbey also held a special service that Sunday evening.

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Route of the St Birinus Pilgrimage Walk