Pilgrim's Trail

A short history of the Pilgrim's Trail

Follow the 155 mile medieval route from the shrine of St Swithun at Winchester Cathedral to St Michael in Normandy.

Weave across the landscape through Bishop's Waltham and Southwick to Portsmouth. The trail follows in the footsteps of the Miquelots, pilgrims who made the long journey to worship in Normandy. Today there are special waymark signs, green in Hampshire and blue in France leading to the medieval sanctuary.

The Norman sanctuary of Mont St Michel attracted pilgrims from Scandinavia, Italy and Germany, as well as from Britain. Most pilgrims stopped at the Mount on their way to Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain.


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