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The man who has walked and still is walking, the Peak District

Britain, Europe and the World; he has no equal.

John Merrill 

 Walk Guides

"Hiking the sacred paths and trails of the world for others to follow".

"The miracle of life is not to fly in the air, or walk-on the water, but to walk on the earth"- Chinese saying.

"For every mile that you walk, you extend your life by 21 mins."

photo - John Merrill on the summit of Stake Pass, on the Cumbria Way - May 2022.


-from Harby via Lincoln to Westminster Abbey

An ongoing series of informative entries

Eleanor Crosses Walk

Eleanor Crosses Walk

Eleanor Crosses Walk

Our Latest Blog Entry

July 19th. 2021

Queen Eleanor’s Cortege route.

Eleanor passed away in Harby, near Lincoln of November 28th. 1290. Her body was carried to Lincoln Cathedral - 7 miles away - for embalming and to have her viscera (organs) buried in the cathedral, on December 3rd.1290.. Her distraught husband, King Edward 1st of England, led her funeral cortege to London, mostly on foot. The 12 day, 200 mile journey, largely followed Roman Roads and the Great North Road, but each night they stopped at a religious house so that prayers could be said through the night for Eleanor’s soul, as it passes through Purgatory. It was a hard journey southwards with a deeply mournful king. Where they stopped overnight, the king would later have erected a stone cross, whose expensive was met by Queen Eleanor’s estate. The journey began from Lincoln cathedral on December 4th. 1290.

December 4th. 1290 - Lincoln to Grantham - 25 miles to Greyfriars Friary.

December 5th. 1290 - Grantham to Stamford - 20 miles to St. Mary’s church.

December 6th. 1290 - Stamford to Geddington, close to a Royal Hunting Lodge -19 miles.

December 7th. 1290 - Geddington to Delapre Abbey, near Hardingstone, Northampton -20 miles.

December 8th. 1290 - Hardingstone to Stony Stratford - The plan was originally to reach Woburn Abbey but the conditions and marshy ground meant they travelled only 13 miles.

December 9th. 1290 - Stony Stratford to Woburn Abbey - They forded the Great River Ouse, with leading knights carrying the coffin across, before continuing to Woburn 12 miles away.

December 10th. 1290 - Woburn Abbey to Dunstable Abbey - 14 miles.

December 11th. 1290 - Dunstable Abbey to St. Albans Abbey - 16 miles.

December 12th. 1290 - St. Albans to Waltham Cross - 18 miles. Coffin stayed overnight in Waltham Abbey.

December 13th. 1290 - Waltham Abbey to Cheapside (Westcheap), City of London - 15 miles. Coffin overnight in St. Paul’s Cathedral - earlier building.

December 14th. 1290 - Cheapside, City of London to Charing Cross - Body in Chapel of St. Mary Rounceval in Charing (Royal Mews).

December 16th. 1290 - Charing Cross to Westminster Abbey where her body lies in state.

Funeral Service held in Westminster Abbey on December 17th. 1290. Her heart was buried in Blackfriars Priory on December 19th. 1290.

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14 February 2020

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