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St Alban's Way

40 km / 25 miles

Essex, Hertfordshire
This John Merrill route links two major pilgrimage centres and Abbey churches. Waltham Abbey (Augustinian), was the last abbey to be dissolved and where pilgrims flocked to the Holy Cross. The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban (Benedictine), has been for over 1,700 years a major pilgrimage centre to St Albanís tomb Englandís first martyr. The walk leads across the gentle Hertfordshire landscape, past historical buildings and one of the finest and complete 14th century churchís in England Ė North Nymms. It is a peaceful walk with time to reflect as you walk to one of Englandís largest cathedrals.


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Anytime Challenges; Easy; Heritage; Pilgrimage
TL382006 - Waltham Abbey, Essex
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TL145070 - St Albans Cathedral, St Albans, Hertfordshire
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St Albans Way (John Merrill Foundation - 2006)
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Badge & Certificate for St Albans Way (John Merrill Foundation - 2006)
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Badge & Certificate for Pilgrim Ways (John Merrill Foundation)


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Black Swan  (bookable online)
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The Straw House  (bookable online)
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Route Profile:

33.4 Km (20.8 miles)
352 m (1,155 ft) ascent
127 m (417 ft)  maximum height