SEPTEMBER 2013 BULLETIN

Dear Friend,

Here is our short latest bulletin following the updating of the website http://www.thewayofstandrews.com/.

 

NEW ROUTES

St Duthac’s Way – Aberdeen to St Andrews

This 100 mile, around 156 km, route from Aberdeen to St Andrews was researched and reconnoitred by Chris Dyos, a veteran of the Camino, who has added a simple guide for pilgrims to follow.

Can you help us?

–          Did you find the guide helpful or is an ordnance survey map still useful?

–          Little is known about St Duthac. Are you aware of any legends about him?

 

St Wilfrid’s Way- Hexham to Edinburgh

This new pilgrim route, around 250 km, takes in many of the great scenic and cultural pleasures of the south east of Scotland and the north east of England, including Hadrian’s Wall, the Pennine Way, Dere Street Roman road, the Border Abbeys Way, Rosslyn Chapel, the Pentland hills, and the Waters of Leith to the centre of Edinburgh. This is on the website in draft form so please consider “test walking” or “test biking” sections of this route , and let us have pictures, comments and recommendations on where pilgrims can sleep and eat.

 

St XXXXX Ways- Motherwell to Forth Road Bridge

Another draft route, about 58 km, starting from Motherwell, south east of Glasgow along paths through wild Lanarkshire moorland, along the River Avon, Union Canal, Hopetoun House to the Forth Road Bridge where it joins St Margaret’s way to St Andrews .

This route has yet to be named. Ideas please and do send us your experiences.

 

Existing routes

St Margaret’s Way

For those with an extra couple of days to spare we recommend St Margaret’s Elbow. Instead of turning north at Earlsferry this way continues north-east  along the Fife Coastal Path to Fife Ness,  the  very eastern tip of Fife, before turning north-west and heading to St Andrews. This last section is renowned for its coastal scenery and interesting geology.

 

St Columba’s Way

Some pilgrims have been put off the first section of this route on Mull by locals who have described the route as “dangerous”, so additional information is available on the website so you can gauge whether it is for you or not. We have had a recent report from a grandfather who walked this route with his six-year-old granddaughter, and found it very do-able  and scenically quite remarkable.

 

Rosslyn Chapel route

Many visitors to Edinburgh are just doing the Rosslyn Chapel circuit, out by the East route and back by the West. Hopefully they’ll make St Andrews next year.

 

Other Bits and Pieces

Survey

We need to find out more on what you are looking for, so we will be publishing a quiz on Surveymonkey.

 

Papal Blessing

The Pope has formally been applied to for a blessing of the Way of St Andrews.

 

St Andrews Cultural Circuit

In the next bulletin a circuit in St Andrews of places of cultural interest , religious or otherwise, within easy reach of walkers or cyclists,  will be published..

 

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Thank you,

The Secretary, The Way of St Andrews