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St James' Way Camino Pilgrimage (2 days)

Reading Walks Festival

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Become a modern pilgrim on the first 2 days walk along the St James' Way, a Camino Ingles pilgrim trail to Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

A two-day walk on the St James' Way, a modern day pilgrimage route that follows in the footsteps of medieval pilgrims who would have walked from Reading to the south coast and on to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

Day 1 - 20km / 10.5 hours - Reading to Mortimer. Time includes 3 hours of stops at churches & pubs, plus return journey by bus (1/2 hour)

Walkers return home between Day 1 and Day 2.

Day 2 - 21km / 8.25 hours Mortimer to Worting. Time includes 1.25 hours of stops at churches & pubs, plus return journey by bus to Basingstoke Rail Station (1/4 hour). It excludes the bus journey to Mortimer and return train journey to Reading.

Cross-country route, therefore unsuitable to wheelchairs. It's quite a long walk for young children too, otherwise family friendly. Father and son, mother and daughter, in fact all family combinations take time out to walk the Camino. Not suitable for dogs.

The walk is free. However, as pilgrims, walkers may want to purchase a Pilgrim Passport £5, St James Way walk guide £8 or a St James Way badge £2.50. Please bring some cash if you want to purchase any of these on the day.

Walk difficulty level: MEDIUM-HARD - 41km in total. Flat route

Maximum Number of Participants: 33

There is also a 1-Day St James' Way Camino Pilgrimage walk - find out more

More detail

Day 1 - Become a modern pilgrim on the first day's walk along the St James' Way, a Camino Ingles pilgrim trail to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, from Reading to Mortimer. Starts with a pilgrim's blessing at St James Church, a visit to St James Shrine and the first stamp in your pilgrim passport (optional £5 for passport) required to collect stamps at pubs, cafes and churches along the full route to Santiago to receive a 'Compostela' from the Pilgrims' Office. The route follows the River Kennet and canal to St Mary's Church at Sulhamstead, then heads towards Silchester.

Start - St James church, RG1 3FD, ///pure.tanks.successes

Finish - Horse & Groom pub, Mortimer RG7 3RD, ///talent.backup.labs

Day 2 - Picking up from the first day, the second day's pilgrim walk along the St James' Way, starts at Mortimer and goes on to Worting. Shortly after Mortimer, the route reaches St Mary's Church, Silchester and the Silchester Roman City to walk around the Roman Fort. It then heads to St James Church at Bramley (with the largest ever pilgrim stamp!), through Little London to Pamber Priory (where kings stayed as they travelled between Windsor and Winchester) before continuing on to St Thomas of Canterbury Church in Worting.

Start - Horse & Groom pub, Mortimer RG7 3RD (after taking a bus from central Reading)

Finish - St Thomas of Canterbury church, Church Lane, Worting, Basingstoke RG23 8PX

Getting there

Day 1 - To start: Bus or train to central Reading, walk through Forbury Gardens to St James Church. Return: Bus no. 2 or 2a back to central Reading

Day 2 - To start: Bus no. 2 or 2a from Blagrave Street, Reading to Mortimer

Return: Bus no. 76 to Basingstoke Railway Station. Train back to Reading Main Railway Station.

About your guide

David Sinclair: David is a Confraternity of St James (CSJ) member and volunteer. After walking the Camino Frances from St Jean Pied de Port he self-published his book offering 'Not Just a Long Walk' on Amazon about the experiences. Since then he has helped develop the St James' Way as a Camino in England through various projects, in particular its continuous waymarking from Reading to Southampton. Co-walk leader is Charles Butler.

Reading Walks Festival

Reading Walks Festival

This walk is part of the inaugural Reading Walks Festival. We are delighted to share over 40 walks with you over the five days of the festival, bringing alive the stories, heritage and landscapes of Reading and the surrounding countryside through a series of guided walks.