Patteson's Way

We invite you to make a pilgrimage with Bishop John Coleridge Patteson on a circular – ‘Patteson’s Way’. The eight mile pilgrimage visits the main sites associated with Bishop John Coleridge Patteson – Feniton, Alfington, Ottery St Mary and Patteson’s Cross in East Devon, and can be walked in a day or in four stages.

Patteson's Way Pilgrimage 4 Stage Route Map

Patteson’s Way it’s an invitation to wander and wonder, as you journey with the story of one man’s life and legacy as your companion; experiencing the same sites and views that were the background to his life.

And as you walk, and reflect, on the ground Patteson trod, the hope of each of us who are pilgrims, is to deepen our own spirituality; allowing the divine influence behind both the story and countryside to impact on us.

Download the route booklet, or pick one up from the churches visited in Feniton, Alfington and Ottery St Mary.

Patteson's Way Pilgrimage Route Leaflet Front Cover

To be a pilgrim is to take a journey with a purpose :
by engaging your heart, body, and soul,
by allowing this to be a journey of discovery.

A prayer for pilgrims on this trail :

Almighty God, wherever we walk, we
walk with you beside us.
Whenever we walk, we walk with those
who also walk with you.
So, with each of our steps, bless the
peoples of Melanesia
who John Coleridge Patteson travelled
so many miles to walk with:
And, as with Patteson, may our
Pilgrimage this day
draw us closer to the living God:
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.


Patteson’s Way was officially opened by the charity’s President The Most Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury on Saturday 18th September 2021 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Patteson’s martyrdom – The Archbishop of Canterbury to Open New Melanesia Pilgrimage Route in Devon.