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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Chester Cathedral - route start

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Shropshire Union Canal at Rowton, near Chester

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Beeston Castle

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Stoke Minster

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Trentham Gardens

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St Chad's Stafford

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Cannock Chase

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Lichfield - end of route

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