Download walking routes and explore our churches at your own pace.

The churches in our care represent 1,000 years of English history, and the vast majority of visitors over that time have arrived on foot.

Walking is still the best way to visit one of these places, and to help you find the best way there we have put together the guided walks below.

Walk in the footsteps of Shakespeare

Legend has it that William Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway at All Saints Church at Billesley in Warwickshire. This guided trail links the villages of Wilmcote, Aston Cantlow, and Billesley - each claiming its own special connection to William Shakespeare.

The two circular routes offer a walking route mainly on public footpaths and a road-based route for cyclists and those with limited mobility (though please be aware the country roads are often narrow and without pavements). Both routes are about 8 miles long, but can be explored in sections.

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Take a Dickensian stroll in the North Kent Marshes

The North Kent Marshes were a popular stomping ground of celebrated author Charles Dickens, who lived at Gads Hill Place in dearby Higham.

This 11.5 mile walk from Higham Station explores this landscape and visits St James' Church at Cooling, the setting for the opening scene of Great Expectations, and St Mary's at Higham, where his' daughter married the painter Charles Allston Collins. 

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Walk the Boudicca Way in East Anglia

The Boudicca Way is a long distance footpath which runs for approximately 36 miles between Diss and Norwich. The trail is named after the legendary warrior Queen of the Iceni, whose tribes once inhabited South Norfolk and the Waveney Valley.

This circular walk below takes ramblers along part of the Boudicca Way near Diss, and visits two of our churches at Frenze and Shimpling. The leaflet was produced in partnership between the Boudicca Way and The Churches Conservation Trust.

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Enjoy Loyd Grossman's 'Ambling in Amberley' walk

Alongside his work as a journalist and television presenter, Loyd Grossman CBE FSA is a keen heritage activist and has served as Chairman of The Churches Conservation Trust since 2007.

Loyd shared a favourite walk with us, passing through some of Sussex's finest countryside and taking in our church of St Mary's in North Stoke, followed by an amble beside the River Arun. 

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Explore 'Ancient Archaeology in Uphill’ with Mick Aston

The late Mick Aston was an archaeologist who specialised in Early Medieval landscape archaeology, best known as the presenter of Channel 4's Time Team.

A great friend of the Trust prior to his sad death in 2013, Mick put together an interesting walk which explores the archaeology of coastal Somerset, taking in hilltop St Nicholas' Church at Uphill.

Download Mick Aston’s ‘Ancient Archaeology in Uphill’ walk


Walk the streets of Shrewsbury with Jools Holland

Internationally renowned jazz musician Jools Holland OBE DL is Vice President of The Churches Conservation Trust, and a keen supporter of our work.

Jools chose to walk the historic streets of Shrewsbury, taking in four stunning churches, including the Church of St Mary the Virgin - one of our most popular churches - as well as some of the best sights of the city. 

Download Jools Holland's 'Historic streets of Shrewsbury' walk


Take 'a scenic chuch trail' in Oxfordshire

Our 2015 Young Volunteer of the Year William Sheffield spent his summer holidays researching and writing this walking route in South Oxfordshire. 

The trail visits St Peter's Church in Wallingford, St Mary's in Newnham Murren and St John's in Mongewell, returning along the banks of the sleepy River Thames.

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