In May 2021 a new waymarked walking route between Norwich and Walsingham was launched to celebrate the tradition of pilgrimage in the county, encourage more people to enjoy the rural landscape of the Wensum Valley and provide a boost to sustainable tourism in the local area.
Called the Walsingham Way, the new 37-mile path is inspired by a network of pilgrimage routes that once crossed the county as pilgrims from across Europe travelled to north Norfolk’s Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. Founded in 1061, it is thought to be the oldest shrine in the world dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The modern-day Walsingham Way route – which will take about three days to complete on foot - can be started from either Norwich Cathedral or the city’s Roman Catholic Cathedral of St John the Baptist.
The route takes in St Peter’s in Ringland as one of its places of interest.
A map of the route can be found here (if the link fails go to https://walsinghamwayshome.files.wordpress.com/2021/10/walsingham-way-printable-route-.pdf )
Further details – including an overview map, can be found on the Norwich Cathedral website ( if the link fails go to https://www.cathedral.org.uk/about/news/detail/2021/05/24/new-waymarked-walsingham-way )
or visit the walsingham way blog ( if the link fails go to https://walsinghamway.blog/norwich-to-walsingham/ )