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John Schorne Peregrination

43 km / 27 miles

John Schorne, Rector of North Marston, Buckinghamshire, between 1290-1314 was recognised in his lifetime as a devout and holy man. One year after a prolonged drought, he struck the ground with his staff, and like Moses, he was rewarded by water gushing out. Pilgrims flocked to bathe in the waters of this well, believed to banish evil and to have healing powers, Schorne and his well were said to have effected many miraculous cures for gout and toothache.

His reputation for holiness was such that he was believed to have banished the devil by tricking Satan into a boot and keeping him captive there. Schorne is often pictured holding a boot with a devil in it, the origin of the child's jack-in-the-box toy.

This 27-mile pilgrimage walk takes you around his area in countryside south of Buckingham, and to North Marston and his well. The walk takes in the villages of Addington, Adstock, Padbury, Hillesden, Middle Claydon, Botolph Claydon, Quainton, North Marston and East Claydon to reach Addington again and retrace to the finish. The route's highest point at over 500ft is near Woad and Quainton Hills.

A special badge and Pilgrim's certificate is available on completion of the walk.


Path Type
Anytime Challenges
Anytime Challenges; Easy; Pilgrimage; Religious
Start and Finish
SP768275 - Winslow, Buckinghamshire
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Publications, Badges and Certificates:

John Schorne Peregrination (John Merrill Foundation - 2009)
Badge & Certificate
Badge & Certificate
Badge & Certificate for Pilgrim Ways (John Merrill Foundation)


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Route Profile:

42.6 Km (26.5 miles)
391 m (1,283 ft) ascent
167 m (548 ft)  maximum height