St Boniface Way

Throughout the pilgrimage route flow the interconnected themes of prayer, work and study. St Boniface would have been familiar with these as they formed the rhythms of his life as a Benedictine monk. Prayer is reflected in the churches visited en route and also by the inclination of the pilgrim as they undertake the pilgrimage. Along the route, the pilgrim will reflect on work especially as they journey past working farm land. Study is represented by the University chapel and in the heart of the pilgrim as they grow in their understanding of God.

St Boniface Way begins at the birthplace of its namesake in Crediton. From Crediton, your pilgrimage will take you across fields, along river banks and through farmland. You will visit chocolate-box villages and countryside that inspired Jane Austen, before leaving the rural behind and entering Exeter via the University. However, even in the city, St Boniface Way will provide green spaces and places of reflection. At the end of the journey lies Exeter Cathedral and the invitation to join a service of Evensong.

As you visit each of the churches along St Boniface Way, you will find welcome and a space to pray, to reflect and to encounter God.

St Boniface Way has been broken down into short sections, allowing you to experience this pilgrimage at your own pace. Take one section at a time or do it over a day or two – however you approach it, St Boniface Way is an opportunity to slow the pace, to pause and refocus away from the busyness of daily life.

Route cards and reflections can be downloaded for individual stages below. Additional information for visitors can be DOWNLOADED HERE.

Devon Pilgrim passports are available to download from the main ROUTES page.

Please ensure you have read the information on our Wander Safely page before embarking on your journey and have downloaded the map for your chosen stage(s) onto the OS Maps app (see Wander Safely for details). Alternatively you can download the full route as a gpx file for use in another mapping app by clicking the DOWNLOAD GPX button at the bottom of the page.

PLEASE NOTE: While we endeavour to ensure that information regarding points of interest are up to date, you should check opening times and current restrictions directly with locations.

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Route: Crediton - Exeter
Duration: 1 - 2 days
Distance: 12.5 - 14.5 miles / 20 - 23.5 km
Average daily distance: 7 miles / 11 km
Difficulty: Easy/ intermediate

Stage 1: Crediton to Shobrooke

Leaving the Church of the Holy Cross, you will walk across fields and through a majestic avenue of lime trees. Stunning views across lakes and woods to Dartmoor await as you begin your pilgrimage in the way of St Boniface.

Reflections and route details for this section can be viewed and downloaded via the button below.

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St Boniface Way
1 hour
2.4 miles / 3.75 km
Cattle in fields

Stage 2: Shobrooke to Newton St Cyres

From the ancient village of Shobrooke, your path takes you past the Holy Well and into the beautiful Devon countryside on the way to Newton St Cyres. Thatched cottages, the pretty station and the stunning Church of St Cyr and St Julitta await at the end of your journey – along with the possibility of a great pub lunch!

Reflections and route details for this section can be viewed and downloaded via the button below.

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St Boniface Way
1.5 hours
3.3 miles / 5.4 km
Road walking

Stage 3: Newton St Cyres to Upton Pyne

Starting with a riverside walk that joins the Devonshire Heartland Way, this section passes through a historic farming community that is still important today. From the chocolate-box village of Newton St Cyres, through Jane Austen inspiring countryside, this beautiful section allows space away from the busyness of daily life to reflect on work, in whatever form that takes for you.

Reflections and route details for this section can be viewed and downloaded via the button below.

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St Boniface Way
1.25 hours
2.75 miles / 4.5 km
Yes

Stage 4: Upton Pyne to Mary Harris Chapel, Exeter University

Fields, rivers and railway lead you out of rural Devon into the outskirts of the city, and on to the Mary Harris Chapel at the University of Exeter. As the rhythm of life changes, so does the focus of our pilgrimage, from prayer and work to study. The Chapel ceiling is stunning and should not be missed.

Reflections and route details for this section can be viewed and downloaded via the button below.

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(A shorter route is available under Stage 4A: Upton Pyne to Exeter University (Cowley Bridge route). While considerably shorter, this involves crossing Cowley Bridge and more walking by main roads. It is therefore less suitable for those walking with children or dogs.)

St Boniface Way
2.5 hours
4.5 miles / 7.15 km
Some road walking

Stage 4A: Upton Pyne to Exeter University (Cowley Bridge route)

Fields, rivers and railway lead you out of rural Devon into the outskirts of the city, and on to the Mary Harris Chapel at the University of Exeter. As the rhythm of life changes, so does the focus of our pilgrimage, from prayer and work to study. The Chapel ceiling is stunning and should not be missed.

This alternative to Stage 4 is a shorter route, but involves crossing Cowley Bridge and more time walking by roads.

Reflections and route details for this section can be viewed and downloaded via the button below.

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PLEASE NOTE – THIS SECTION INCLUDES CROSSING COWLEY BRIDGE WHERE THERE IS A SHORT SECTION WITH NO FOOTPATH. CARE MUST BE TAKEN AND Hi-Vis IS RECOMMENDED

St Boniface Way
1.5 hours
3 miles / 5 km
Busy road walking

Stage 5: Mary Harris Chapel, Exeter University to Exeter Cathedral

The final section of St Boniface way makes the journey from the University Chapel to Exeter Cathedral. The route passes through Bury Meadow Park, a great place to rest or have a picnic.

Then walk the length of Queen Street as the surroundings change again, from residential to commercial, before emerging onto the Cathedral Green and ultimately into the Cathedral – a place of tranquility and reflection in the midst of the bustling city.

You are invited to join the daily service of Evensong with the incredible Cathedral Choir. Details of this and other services can be found on the Cathedral website

Reflections and route details for this section can be viewed and downloaded via the button below.

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St Boniface Way
0.7 hours
1.5 miles / 2.5 km
No dogs in the cathedral

Exeter Cathedral

Exeter Cathedral is one of the great cathedrals of England, and one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture anywhere. It boasts the longest continuous medieval stone vault in the world, stretching 96m (315ft) across the nave. The Cathedral is the spiritual home for a wide diversity of people, and all who come through the door are warmly welcomed. The Cathedral Library and Archives contain the remains of moulded 'votive offerings' made of hollow beeswax, which were hung around the tomb of Bishop Edmund Lacy (c. 1370-1455) by pilgrims seeking cures through the bishop's saintly influence. Discovered during repair work following the bomb damage in 1942, they are of great importance as there are no other survivals of this kind in Great Britain. Lacy became Bishop of Exeter in 1420, having accompanied his friend Henry V at the Battle of Agincourt (1415). Discover more.

Mary Harris Chapel, Exeter University to Exeter Cathedral
01392 285983
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Shobrooke Holy Well

The Holy Well at Shobrooke was first mentioned in parish records in 1576 and was restored in 1925. It is dressed during the year by people from St Swithun's Church in Spring and at Harvest. You will quite frequently see flowers left there or ribbons tied to its gate.

Shobrooke to Newton St Cyres
Church Lane, Shobrooke
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Belluno

A restaurant in the centre of Newton St Cyres village, serves traditional Italian food including pizzas from its pizza oven.  It has a range of menus – lunch, main, desert and coffee, or takeaway.  It is best to book in advance.

Shobrooke to Newton St Cyres, Newton St Cyres to Upton Pyne
Newton St. Cyres, Exeter, EX5 5DA
01392 851811
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Exeter

Exeter has a wide range of accommodation and places to eat. The Visit Devon website is the best place to start your search if you want to base yourself here.

Upton Pyne to Exeter
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The Beer Engine

The Beer Engine, is on the route, near Newton St Cyres Station on the Exeter-Barnstaple Tarka Line.  It is one of Devon’s oldest brew pubs, serving award winning beers, a good selection of interesting bar snacks and a seasonal menu.  

Shobrooke to Newton St Cyres, Newton St Cyres to Upton Pyne
The Beer Engine, Newton St Cyres, Devon, EX5 5AX
01392 851282
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Bryndir Campsite

A tiny campsite with both non-electric and electric pitches for tents of all sizes and motor homes.

Upton Pyne to Mary Harris Chapel, Mary Harris Chapel to Exeter
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Exeter View Stables

A small, chilled, rustic campsite near Exeter offering an eco-discount if you walk or cycle to the site.  

Upton Pyne to Mary Harris Chapel, Mary Harris Chapel to Exeter
07969 027261
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Church of our Lady, Upton Pyne

The Church of Our Lady is at the heart of Upton Pyne village (the setting of Jane Austen’s novel, “Sense and Sensibility”), just a few miles outside of Exeter.   The church was consecrated by Bishop Grandisson in 1328. An earlier church was mentioned in 1283, of which there are no identifiable remains other than an old stone cross in the churchyard which pre-dates the present church and thus […]

Newton St Cyres to Upton Pyne
Upton Pyne HIll, Upton Pyne, EX5 5JA
(01392) 759612
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Church of St Cyr and St Julitta, Newton St Cyres

The Church of St Cyr and Julitta stands next to the A377 on a small hillside overlooking the village of Newton St Cyres. The church is dedicated to St Cyr and his mother Julitta of Iconium (Asia Minor, modern day Turkey), who was martyred at Tarsus in the Diocletian persecution of 305 AD.  Worship on the site spans over 1,000 years […]

Shobrooke to Newton St Cyres
Church Lane, Newton St Cyres, EX5 5BN
(01392) 759612
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Church of the Holy Cross, Crediton

Visit the church with a fascinating 1100+ year history. In the early 10th century, Crediton was chosen as the cathedral for Devon and Cornwall (built c. 910 AD). Like many Saxon cathedrals it was almost certainly of wooden construction, but no evidence of it remains. In 1046 Leofric moved the cathedral to Exeter. The construction […]

Crediton to Shobrooke
Church Street, Crediton, EX17 2AH
01363-773226
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Exeter Cathedral

Exeter Cathedral is one of the great cathedrals of England, and one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture anywhere. It boasts the longest continuous medieval stone vault in the world, stretching 96m (315ft) across the nave. The Cathedral is the spiritual home for a wide diversity of people, and all who come through the […]

Mary Harris Chapel, Exeter University to Exeter Cathedral
01392 285983
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Mary Harris Chapel, Exeter University

The Mary Harris Memorial Chapel of the Holy Trinity is the Anglican Chaplaincy’s chapel on the Streatham Campus of the University of Exeter. It is located at the heart of the campus, beneath Queen’s Building and adjacent to the Old Library and the Roborough Building. The Chapel is served by the Lazenby Chaplain who is assisted in the chapel’s worship […]

Upton Pyne to Mary Harris Chapel, Mary Harris Chapel to Exeter
Prince of Wales Road, Exeter EX4 4SB
(0)1392 723737
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St Swithun’s Church, Shobrooke

St Swithun’s is the oldest structure in the village of Shobrooke and is of Anglo-Saxon origin. The church was rebuilt in the 15th century when a north aisle was added, which was further restored in c. 1840. It was restored again in 1879 by Edward Ashworth, with the additions of a south aisle, sacristy, porch, […]

Shobrooke to Newton St Cyres
Shobrooke, Crediton, EX17 1AP
01363 773419
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