Mehreen Baig explores the magnificent Staffordshire countryside, following an ancient pilgrimage trail that ends at a holy shrine near the stunning Lichfield Cathedral.
Mehreen Baig is in stunning Staffordshire, walking the final section of the Two Saints Way, an ancient pilgrim trail that ends at the Shrine of St Chad near the magnificent Lichfield Cathedral. Starting her journey in the majestic woodlands of Cannock Chase, she visits a peaceful cemetery for German soldiers of the Second World War, then proceeds to the ruins of a magnificent country house to take in some breathtaking views of the landscape. Next, she joins some other walkers on the route to find out what the ancient practice of pilgrimage has to offer people all of all faiths today.
Eventually arriving in the town of Lichfield, Mehreen learns about the town’s role in the Enlightenment and the life of its most famous son, Samuel Johnson, author of the first English-language dictionary. Inside the cathedral, she meets a team of artists from Bethlehem working to create a magnificent new cross for the knave, before heading to the shrine of St Chad itself, an unassuming well where centuries ago he baptised the converted into Christianity.