How do I create a Pilgrim Path at my church?


Creating your own pilgrim path is a wonderful way of bringing congregations and communities together, both within towns and villages and beyond.  The Pilgrim Path Project was initiated by Chipping Norton Deanery, but other Benefices and Deaneries have taken the idea and made it their own.

Oxford Diocese produced a map illustrating some interesting churches within the Diocese: see map

Some have decided to design a map which simply shows how all the churches in an area can be reached by footpaths.

Some have designed circular routes which include every church in the area in one long path  – see Deddington Deanery

If you are beginning your own Pilgrim Path Project, you might like to consider:


  • What is the purpose of the project? It might be to bring local people together, or something to offer tourists.  It might be to share the Christian faith with people or encourage practising Christians in their journey.  It might be to highlight your buildings or your communities.
  • How many people do you have to help you (the more the merrier!)
  • How long should each walk be? – The average walking pace is 2 miles an hour on broadly level ground.  Extremes of age (older or younger) lengthen the time.
  • Do you want to link two churches together, or more?
  • Should the walk(s) be circular?
  • Will you provide route directions/illustrations/maps/reflections?  Be careful of copyright infringements.  Although Pilgrim Path Project material is available free, permission must first be sought from the Project Director, and copyright acknowledged.
  • Will you offer guided walks?
  • If you have queries, the Project Director will be delighted to help, and can occasionally offer to visit a location and facilitate meetings and discussions (see Contact page).  Priority will be given to places within the Oxford Diocese.

Christ Church

Christians have felt drawn to pray at the Shrine of St Frideswide for many centuries. Indeed, the Priory on which our Cathedral was built was an important destination for medieval pilgrims.

The Shrine is the oldest monument in the Cathedral, though what remains is only the platform on which the actual Shrine rested. Many came to pray for healing in the belief that the saint could cure them of a wide variety of complaints. In the sixteenth century Catherine of Aragon prayed at the Shrine in the hope of giving birth to a son.

Today, people remain drawn to the Latin Chapel and the Shrine it houses because they sense this is a place where the veil between our earthly life and the Kingdom of Heaven is very thin.

It is place that has been soaked in prayer over the centuries. 

Find out more about Pilgrimage at Christ Church Cathedral

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