This is without doubt the most famous site of all holy wells and indeed Christianity in the county, now the main well is perhaps a modern one (we’ll explore its provenance below).) but in the ruins of its famed Abbey are ‘Wishing Wells’ clearly holy wells, the more likely location of the 1061, vision of Mary by Richeldis de Faverches,, who built a replica of the Holy House where a spring arose. The site became a major pilgrimage centre and its waters were said to be good for curing headaches and stomach complaints. If these are the original site, after Reformation, they denigrated to mere wishing wells.
Source: Pilgrimage to Walsingham
I am looking for information about the traditional pilgrimage route to the site, especially those used by the eight English monarchs who visited the well.
King Henry III made his first of many pilgrimages to Walsingham around 1226. He was a great supporter of The Virgin Mary and the Holy House at Walsingham became one of the centres of his devotion. He generously gave the Canons his royal patronage.
Following his example nearly all the Kings and Queens of England, up to and including King Henry VIII and Queen Katherine of Aragon, came on pilgrimage to the Holy House, until the Dissolution of the Priory in 1538.
Source: History of Pilgrimage
With information about their routes I will be able to plan a meaningful visit.
I assume that the final approach to the shrine followed the River Stiffkey because of the number of secondary shrines on the banks of the river. Presumably pilgrims would have picked up this route starting at West Barsham.
I am content with these assumptions, but they leave about 100 miles unaccounted for. I would like to travel on, or near to, the traditional route, it's more enjoyable that way. Tips and techniques from native Norfolkians (of the English variety) are especially welcome.
Question: how do I join up St Albans to West Barsham such that I would be near to or on the traditional pilgrimage route? It doesn't have to be exact, just plausible and supported by factual detail (not opinion-based).
Note: Google maps shows the walking route as leading through Cambridge, which is plausible, but the route then follows the River Cam northward, which is less plausible. The Google maps route also bypasses Verulamium and Baldock altogether, which makes its value even more questionable.
The TSE archives on pilgrimages is here.