Maps and Distances

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Information in this section of the Pilgrim’s Guide is specific to my route from Worcester to Compostela. It is not a general guide to pilgrim routes, and there is no shortage of information on all the main routes. The scallop shell – symbol of pilgrimage – also becomes a symbol of the roads all joining together in one road. The EU turned this symbolism to advantage, seeing it as symbolic of the joining together of Europeans in a common project and in 1987 the Council of Europe declared the Camino de Santiago as the first European Cultural Itinerary. This encouraged the recovery and development of the Camino. Also see Middle Ages, Tourism and Cultural Routes (a dowloadable PDF file.)

PILGRIM ROUTES IN ENGLAND:

Stage I: Worcester to London

Completed distance for Stage I
Using the AA website distance calculator (http://www.theaa.com/travelwatch/planner_main.jsp) and the river distances between bridges on the Thames (www.the-river-thames.co.uk/bridgeheights.htm).

The distance walked from Worcester to London is as follows:
Worcester – Oxford (road)= 66.28
Oxford – Reading (river)= 37.75
Reading – Maidenhead (road)= 12.82
Maidenhead – Hampton Court (river)= 25.85
Hampton Court – Balham (road)= 11.58
Map links are all included in posts.
Total = 154.28 miles
As the road distances between Worcester and Oxford were considerably shorter than the network of footpaths I followed, this figure can be increased by another ten miles, so approaching 170 miles.

Stage II: Westminster, London to Newhaven Ferry

Map links are all included in posts.
Total = 65 miles

PILGRIM ROUTES IN FRANCE:

Stage III: Dieppe to Rouen – Chasse Marée

Etape 1 Dieppe to Manéhouville guide can be found on the Normandy pilgrims’ website and links to all the Normandy Association des Amis guides can be found here. I recommend supplementing their information with a standard Michelin map.

Stage IV: Rouen to Chartres – Chemin des Anglais

Stage V: Chartres to Rochecorbon / Tours – Chemin des Anglais

VIA TURONENSIS

The main route south in France was the Via Turonensis, the route from Paris through Tours. This pilgrimage joins it from the Chemin des Anglais at Rochecorbon. This link takes you to a very good site about the Turonensis route.

Stage VI: Tours to Poitiers – via Turonensis

Stage VII: Poitiers to Mirambeau – via Turonensis

Stage VIII: Mirambeau to Bordeaux

Stage IX: Bordeaux to St-Jean Pied de Port

PILGRIM ROUTES IN SPAIN

Stage X: Roncesvalles to Logroño – Camino Francés

Stage XI: Logroño to León

Stage XII León to O Cebrero

Stage XIII: O Cebrero to Compostela

Stage XIV: Compostela to Muxia

Stage XV: Muxia to Finisterre

Stage XVI: El Ferrol to Compostela – Camino Inglés

A Ultreïa et finis