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 The Paulinus Way

This is an amazing new pilgrim and heritage way created for the 21st century, which starts in the market town of Todmorden in West Yorkshire and retraces the steps of St Paulinus until it reaches the historic city of York.

St Paulinus is a symbol of hope and determination. He was part of the Augustine mission to Britain, which is recognised by many as perhaps one of the most important times in the development of the peoples of Britain. St. Paulinus is recognised as a Northern pioneer and his amazing achievements earned him the people's title " God's Apostle to the North". 

The Paulinus Way provides a fantastic route across what was old Northumbria, passing through beautiful landscapes whilst providing opportunities to explore sites of heritage interest. The route will be officially opened on Sunday 28th August as the first pilgrimage leaves Todmorden for York led by Bishop Stephen. On arrival at York, the first "Pilgrims" will be met by the Archbishop of York.

However, the Paulinus Way is for everyone. It can be enjoyed as a heritage, cultural, faith, wildlife, ecological, cycle or motor route, or simply as an adventure!

There are three routes on offer:
Todmorden to York West to East route
Todmorden to York East to West route
Todmorden to York Full circuit

Two further routes will be added in the future. A special 'Pilgrim Pack' will be available from the St Paulinus Centre in Todmorden, containing route details, a 'Pilgrim Passport' and the opportunity to collect a completion certificate.

 

Paulinus Way Map

Please click here for more information.


 

 

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The name Todmorden first appears in 1641 and is generally accepted to mean Totta’s boundary-valley, probably a reference to the valley running northwest from the town, although the name “marshy valley of the fox” has also been proposed. The earliest written record of the area is in the Domesday Book (1086), at which time most people were living in scattered farms or in isolated hilltop agricultural settlements. Packhorse trails were marked by ancient stones of which many still survive.


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