GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Two Saints Way

92 miles (148 km)

Travel through Cheshire and Staffordshire on this wonderful long distance walking trail. The 92 mile pilgrimage route runs from Chester to Lichfield, passing through Nantwich, Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford. It is named after the saints St WerburghandSt Chad, Saxon saints who brought Christianity from Northumbria to the ancient kingdom of Mercia in the seventh century. It runs between St Werburgh's shrine at Chester to St Chad's shrine at Lichfield. The route is typically completed in the following four sections:
Chester to Nantwich
The route starts at Chester Cathedral and heads through the town, passing the Roman amphitheatre and the pilgrim church of St John's. You then pick up theShropshire Union Canal passing along the towpath on the Baker Way. You'll pass Waverton, Beeston Castle, Bunbury, the River Gowy, Barbridge and Hurleston Reservoir before arriving at St Mary's Churchin the market town ofNantwich.
Nantwich to Stoke-on-Trent
You leave Nantwich, heading south along the River Weaver, before turning east towards the village of Wynbunbury and the Wynbunbury Moss Nature Reserve. You continue through Weston, Barthomley and Newcastle-under-Lyme where you skirt the edge of the pretty Apedale Country Park. The last section takes you through Stoke-on-Trent, passing Westport Lake before coming to the halfway point of the trail at Stoke Minster, with its Saxon preaching cross.
Stoke-on-Trent to Stafford
You leave Stoke, heading south towards the beautiful Trentham Gardens with a section along the Trent and Mersey Canal. You continue through the lovely Trent Valley passing Tittensor Chase, Stone and Hopton before coming into Stafford. There's some nice sections along the River Trent on this leg of the journey. You finish at St Chad's, the oldest church in the county town ofStafford.
Stafford to Lichfield
The route then follows theRiver Sowout of Stafford, joining the Heart of England WayatMilfordwhere you pass Shugborough Park and cross theCannock Chase AONB. It's a lovely section, passing through Cannock Chase Country Park where you will visit the Katyn Memorial and Castle Ring hill fort.
The final section takes you through farmland around Chorley before reachingLichfieldand the pilgrim sites at thecathedraland St Chad's Well.

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Photos

Chester Cathedral - geograph.org.uk - 1335354

Chester Cathedral. Route start. The cathedral is a Grade I Listed building. Construction dates from between 1093 and the early 16th century, having been modified a number of times throughout history. All the major styles of English medieval architecture, fromNormantoPerpendicular, are represented in the present building

Beeston Castle - geograph.org.uk - 1566429

Beeston Castle. This striking castle is located in the Peckforton Hills and is one of the highlights on the walk. The medieval ruins of the castle stand on a rocky summit 500ft above the Cheshire plain, offering views from the Pennines in the east to the mountains of Wales in the west. It dates from 1225 when it was built by Ranulf, the sixth Earl of Chester, and contains one of the deepest castle wells in the country. It was seized by King Henry III in 1237 and used by him and later his son, King Edward I, as a base for their campaigns against the Welsh. The castle was finally destroyed at the end of the Civil War.

Chesterton School From Apedale Country Park - geograph.org.uk - 565816

Chesterton School From Apedale Country Park

Westport Lake - geograph.org.uk - 563847

Westport Lake

Nantwich - geograph.org.uk - 43921

Nantwich. There are several interesting medieval timbered buildings in this historic town located on the River Weaver.

St Chad's Church, Stafford - geograph.org.uk - 462715

St Chad's Church, Stafford - end of the route. Saint Chad, who died in 672, was the firstBishop of Lichfield. The church was built in the 12th century, and is the oldest building in Stafford.

Stoke Minster (4)

Stoke Minster. Minster church of St Peter ad Vincula, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, seen from the west. The church is roughly at the midpoint on the trail. A church has stood on the site of Stoke Minster since the 8th Century.It includes a Saxon preaching cross.

Stafford-ancient-high-house

The ancient high house in Stafford, another architectural highlight on the walk.. The building was built around 1595 and is generally considered England's largest surviving timber-framed town house, and one of the finest examples of Elizabethan timber-framing in existence.

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