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Mary's Crescent Walk

Mary's Crescent Walking Guidebook

Mary's Crescent Walking Guidebook

author: Dr Tim Goulder
This four-day walk from Portchester Castle to Chichester Cathedral is set against the spectacular backdrop of the South Downs National Park. The walk links medieval churches in a crescent-shaped route from Portchester to Chichester. Here the genesis of a modern pilgrim route was formed - Mary's Crescent - highlighting a wealth of ancient ecclesiastical architecture nestled in breathtaking scenery.

The churches, each dedicated to St Mary, are a fascinating window into our Saxon and Norman past. From the priory church of Portchester to the magnificent Lady Chapel at Chichester Cathedral, with the simple single-celled church of North Marden and the five Norman gems of Droxford, Buriton, South-Harting, Singleton and East Lavant in-between, this route connects us to these historical landmarks in need of continued attention to preserve them for future generations.

The first part of the book describes all of the churches visited along the route, including colour photographs of features of particular interest. The second part of the book describes the walk, including detailed walking instructions and coloured overview maps throughout. There is also additional information here describing features to look out for when visiting the churches.

Each day ends near a country pub providing excellent food and accommodation, with plenty of refreshment stops in between. The four day-stages are:
Portchester to Droxford - 12.8 miles
Droxford to Buriton - 12.9 miles
Buriton to Chilgrove - 10.3 miles
Chilgrove to Chichester - 10.9 miles

ISBN 9781846744174 Pages 96 (2023) 148mm x 210mm

Price: 9.99