The Two Saints Way is a 92 mile long distance walking route between the cathedral cities of Chester and Lichfield. It has been set up in such a way as to recover some of the aspects that were important in medieval pilgrimage but also to apply them in a contemporary fashion.
The route can be walked in either direction. If you walk from Chester to Lichfield the easier walking is at the beginning and you have time to prepare for the rather hillier sections in Staffordshire. However if you walk particularly between October and March, the views are often better with the sun behind you in the south from Lichfield to Chester.
The route is now 95% signed and you will find the distinctive waymarks featuring the cross of St Chad if you are walking from Chester to Lichfield and the goose of St Werburgh if you are walking from Lichfield to Chester.
Copies of the full-colour guide, with maps, are available to buy, click here for more information.
It is now possible for walkers to obtain a record card when they complete all or part of the Two Saints Way. This has kindly been provided by St Chad’s Church in Lichfield. To obtain one please refer to contact details on their website at http://www.saintchads.org.uk/
A baggage transfer service is available through Staffordshire on Foot. Please contact Collin on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07966 132138 or 01785 609077 for further information.
Path Changes or other issues
East of Audley (Section 2 Stage7)
A short section of the disused railway track has been changed so that it now follows the definitive footpath. Here are the new directions from west to east after passing through Leddy’s Field Wildlife area: Go on ahead through the kissing gate and the path goes straight up hill with a hedge on the left. At the field boundary go through the hedge gap and fork right and initially walk 50 yards towards a prominent tree then turn left by the fence passing another tree on your left. Go downhill and across a damp patch to cross a stile and then go down a lane which can be muddy at times. This opens out into a field. After 60 yards turn right into the next field. The path goes straight ahead but you may chose to skirt around this damp section before finding the next stile across a small field leading to a path across the disused railway.
These are directions from east to west from the railway: ross a small field and then turn right. Skirt round a damp patch and go through to the next field where you turn immediately left and walk into a lane which is often muddy. Pass a gate on your left and then cross a stile also on your left. Go right over another a damp patch and then uphill passing between two trees and then walking half right after a fence post. At the corner of the field go through the hedge across a duck board into a field and go down the hill with the hedge on your right to reach a kissing gate where you go through to Leddy’s Field Wildlife area.
Stoke-on-Trent North (Section 2 Stage 8)
The route which took the path of the old ‘Burslem Arm’ canal has been permanently re-routed, making it much easier for walkers. A new path has been created behind a new development of apartments, in the area of Newport Lane, Burslem.
Leave the Trent and Mersey canal at bridge 123, going over the bridge onto Newport Lane and passing the derelict bottle kiln, Oliver’s Mill, on your left. Continue ahead to Luke Street and turn right alongside the new development of apartments. This is the site of the old Burslem Port. At the end of Luke Street turn left behind the apartments on a wide path; at the end turn right to take a narrow path down and over an old canal bridge, go straight over past another scrap dealers on the right, cross the access track to their entrance entering a a field ahead of you. (You can now rejoin the instructions from paragraph 2 on page 60 of the guidebook).
Baswich Lane east of Stafford (Section 4 Stage 13).
Baswich Lane can be very busy and if you would like to avoid this you can use the new Two Waters Way and St Thomas Lane as a longer but safer alternative.
Black Covert Wood west of Holdiford Rd near Milford (Section 4 Stage 13)
The path you are supposed to use to the south of the main track is often overgrown here and you may find you have to stick to the main track through two gates here.
The route is divided into four sections: