Pilgrimage route and long-distance walk between Chester and Lichfield
The Two Saints Way is a 92-mile pilgrimage route between the cathedral cities of Chester and Lichfield. The route can be walked from either the north or the south, through the beautiful countryside of Cheshire and Staffordshire along footpaths, canal paths and lanes which link the villages, towns and cities along the way.
If you walk from Chester to Lichfield the easier walking is at the beginning and you have time to prepare for the hillier section in Staffordshire. However, if you walk between October and March from Lichfield to Chester the views are often better as the sun is behind you.
The Two Saints of the Way
A princess and a young man of noble birth, Werburgh and Chad, are the two Saxon saints who helped to spread Christianity across the ancient Kingdom of Mercia in the seventh century and who give their names to the footpath . The shrines of St Chad at Lichfield and St Werburgh at Chester were popular destinations for mediaeval pilgrims and the recent discovery of Saxon treasure in a field near Lichfield has increased interest in this fascinating period of history. Walking the Two Saints Way provides an ideal opportunity to learn more and see the ‘Staffordshire Hoard’ at the museum in Stoke-on-Trent, midway along the route.