A 90-MILE pilgrimage route from Cheshire
to Staffordshire - which passes through Nantwich - is being walked
by keen individuals and club members.
As well as having a stock of a specially-produced leaflet (below), St Mary's
Church has erected an interpretation board in Church Walk. There is also talk
of a booklet to come.
The leaflet says the
pilgrimage is 88 miles long, while the official website [www.twosaintsway.org.uk]
has it at 92. The interpretation board opts for the round figure of
It is not, of course,
suggested that you tackle the
marathon walk in one go. Many people
are tackling it in stages, taking a bus to one location and walking along the route
to the next convenient bus stop. Next time they return to that bus
stop and walk the next stage.
David Pott, Founder of the
Two Saints' Way Project, says this was arranged so that walkers
could have day walks with connections to bus routes.
There are four sections to
the Way - Section 1 is
from Chester to Nantwich and section 2 from Nantwich to Stoke-on-Trent
- and each section has four stages Stage 4 is Bunbury to Nantwich
and stage 5,
Nantwich to Wybunbury.
The interpretation board describes
features of Nantwich Church, saying "Here are some reasons why you should
take a look inside."
The headline on the board
is "The Great Church of St Mary's, Nantwich". That's not a comment
about the church but an indication that the sandstone building joined
the Greater Churches Network of 44 churches in the U.K. with the
characteristics of a cathedral in 2014.
The two saints of the Way
are St Werburgh, patron saint of Chester Cathedral, in Cheshire, and
St Chad, patron saint of Lichfield, in Staffordshire.
The parish church at Wybunbury is also dedicated to St Chad.
The Way can be tackled in
either direction. The leaflet advises participants that by walking from