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Edith Cavell Pilgrimage Walk

7 miles (12 km)

This walk follows the Edith Cavell Pilgrimage route from Nurse Cavell’s home village of Swardeston to Norwich Cathedral.
Born in Swardeston in 1865, Edith Cavell was a heroine of the first world war. She went on to become a pioneer of professional nursing training in Brussels and she nursed soldiers from both sides during the war in occupied Belgium.
This pleasant walking trail starts in Swardeston village and runs for just over 7 miles throught the countryside and the city of Norwich. Highlights on the route include the lovely Marston Marshes Nature Reserve and views of the River Yare Valley countryside.

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The Common, Swardeston - - 4416501

The Common, Swardeston

Pond at Swardeston - - 5812012

Pond at Swardeston

The River Yare on the edge of Marston Marshes - - 3721760

The River Yare on the edge of Marston Marshes

Edith Louisa Cavell. Photograph. Wellcome V0026135

For nine months Cavell worked with the Belgian underground resistance to shelter over 200 Allied soldiers, helping them escape to neutral Holland. For this she was shot by German soldiers on 12 October 1915. The night before her execution, she famously said: “Standing as I do in view of God and eternity,I realise that patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness for anyone.”

Marston Marshes 6

Marston Marshes

Norwich Anglican Cathedral

Norwich Anglican Cathedral. Nurse Cavell’s body was returned to England in May 1919 and, following a funeral in Westminster Abbey, her body was brought home to Norfolk and laid to rest at Life’s Green, next to the Cathedral’s St Saviour’s Chapel which was built as a memorial to Norfolk’s fallen in the First World War. Every year in October, a special Edith Cavell service takes place by her graveside to mark the anniversary of her death, and in May to mark the anniversary of her reburial.


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