St Morrell's Round (Half circuit) - Launde to Hallaton

St Morrell's Round (Half circuit) - Launde to Hallaton

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Launde Abbey

Launde Park

East Norton


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Guided walk of 9 miles along the St Morrell's Round pilgrimage through High Leicestershire and Rutland

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St Morrell’s Round is inspired by the medieval pilgrimages made to St Morrell’s Chapel on the hillside near Hallaton.

Morrell who died in AD453 was Bishop of Anger in NW France. He went into self-imposed exile overseas before returning to be beatified for performing the miracle of Renatus, which is shown on a mural in Anger cathedral. Some eight hundred years later a Norman overlord built a chapel in Hallaton and dedicated it to St Morrell. This is the only church in Britain mentioning Morrell and so it might have been believed that Morrell’s exile was in Hallaton. We know that it was a pilgrimage destination for at least the next three hundred years. The chapel was rediscovered in 2014 and work is ongoing to restore the crypt of St Michael’s Church, Hallaton, to re-inter the remains found in the Chapel.

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This walk is offered in conjunction with the first half circuit of the pilgrimage covering Hallaton to Launde on Saturday 23rd July.

The start point of this half day route on Sunday 24th July is Launde Abbey, originally built in 1099 as an Augustine Priory and later taken by Thomas Cromwell s a personal prize during the Reformation. There is a public restaurant at Launde and accommodation further information on accommodation can be viewed via Launde Abbey's website.

The walk returns initially along the Leicester Round then passing the hunting lodge of the Leighfield Forest, before reaching Belton-in-Rutland and re-joining the Leicester round to Allexton. St Peters church contains two fine Norman arches, and this can be seen before the climb and then descent back to Hallaton and its Museum.

Booking a ticket is essential to guarantee your place.

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Please note walkers are responsible for arranging their own transport from Hallaton back to Launde if they are not staying in Launde.

Every pilgrim that completes full the route is eligible for a certificate of accomplishment - their Mandatum Peligrini.

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