NATIONAL ARBORETUM & LICHFIELD CATHEDRAL PILGRIMAGE

£25.00£50.00

24th & 25th February 2024 (2 days)

If you enjoy a little bit of culture then this is the weekend for you. (Or join us for the day).

Join us for a two-day adventure in Staffordshire as we explore two of the UK’s National treasures.

National Arboretum – Explore, Discover and Remember.  See over 400 memorials nestled amongst some 25,000 trees and experience a beautiful riverside walk and quaint nearby villages on a seven-mile walk.  This is a very special walk and I can’t wait to share it with you.

Lichfield Cathedral Pilgrimage – Lichfield is a lovely town and this countryside trail will take you along a mix of paved roads, green paths, and rougher tracks as we make our way round visiting several historic and holy places.  We walk through Leamonsley Wood and Sloppy Wood (great name!), and then circle back via Stowe Pool.  We end up at Lichfield Cathedral where you can see many treasures. St Chad Gospels, Lichfield Angel, and The Herkenrode Glass, to name a few.

GET OUTSIDE AND GET INSPIRED

DAY ONE – SATURDAY 24TH FEBRUARY 2024

NATIONAL MEMORIAL ARBORETUM AND WYCHNOR TRAIL 

Approx 7.5 miles

The trail is approximately 7.5 miles which includes the National Arboretum. The memorials are diverse in nature, rich in symbolism and represent a broad population of society, from military associations and charities to the emergency services, fraternity groups and individuals. Each year new memorials are added so there’s always something new to see.

The walk takes in the river and then two villages back into the arboretum so we have the opportunity to see the local area, not just the arboretum.

DAY TWO – SUNDAY 25th FEBRUARY 2024

LICHFIELD CATHEDRAL PILGRIMAGE TRAIL

APPROX 7 miles 

Lichfield is a beautiful town and this countryside trail takes you along a mix of paved roads, green paths, and rougher tracks. We will visit a number of historic and holy places, through Leamonsley Wood, Sloppy Wood, round Stowe Pool ending at Lichfield Cathedral. There are a number of places for refreshments in town so take your time along this trail.

Lichfield Cathedral is an ancient Cathedral full of life and wonder.

There is a lot to see at the Cathedral and if you are still around at 3.30 pm then join in the Choral Evensong.

 

For this particular trip, we ask you to book your accommodation.  Please do not book anything until we have confirmed that the event is going ahead and reached the minimum numbers.  You will be notified of this via the WhatsApp Group, which you can find here

Here are the options for accommodation: 

🪙 PREMIUM HOTEL 

Set in its grounds, this beautifully restored 18th-century lodge offers a rustic pub with seasonally inspired food and cask ales.

💷 BUDGET-FRIENDLY 

🧑‍🤝‍🧑 GROUP BOOKING OPTIONS: 

  • Check out The Byre.  A three bedroom apartment in Lichfield.  Details are here.  

⛺️ CAMPING OR CARAVAN / CAMPERVAN

Julia will be staying at The Kings Orchard Marina. (Via Pitchup – here) £57 for the two nights, including a fully serviced pitch. 

  • Peaceful 20-acre marina location in the Staffordshire countryside
  • A 10-minute drive to Lichfield. 
  • Barbecues and picnic tables provided; short walk to a dog-friendly pub

Once you have paid for this trip then you will be invited to join the AG Trip planner which has more detail for this weekend, including a chat area for those on the event to organise transport/car sharing etc.

Age Limit 

Adventure Geek Walks are open to anyone over the age of 10. However, anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Food & Drink

Please note we do not supply any food or drinks for this walk, you will need to bring your own packed lunch etc.  There is a breakfast available if you decide to stay at Norden Camp Site of hot bacon rolls, coffee and tea.

Dogs 

Our furry friends are welcome on this trip.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

There are no permissions expressed or implied by the Adventure Geek organisers. Participants make use of the facilities at their own risk and without express permission from the Adventure Geek organisers.

Walking is a physically active sport. If you have any doubts about your abilities, you should always seek advice from your GP before embarking on an Adventure Geek walk.

By registering for an event you accept that you do so entirely at your own risk and that it is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and able to take part in the event. We regroup often and our walks cater for all levels of fitness.

Children under the age of 16 years old are the responsibility of their parents or guardians and need to be accompanied at all times before, during and after the walk.

Adventure Geek volunteers do not accept responsibility for injury, loss and damage sustained by a participant unless the above injury, loss and damage are proven to have been caused as a direct result of negligence on the part of the organisers.

Dogs are welcome on the majority of our walks, however, we kindly ask that only one dog per walker and that the welfare of the animal remains your responsibility throughout your walk.  On occasion, we may add a note of “No dogs allowed” on specific walks (usually those with cattle), please respect this note.

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