The King Arthur Way is a brand new long-distance pilgrimage route (or ‘legendary walk’) devised by author and long-distance walker Kevan Manwaring, stretching across south-west England – it tells the story of King Arthur, whose legend is intrinsic to the psychogeography of the area. Starting at the dramatic sea-castle of Tintagel (the place of Arthur’s conception and Merlin’s Cave) and culminating in his final resting place, Glastonbury Abbey and the Isle of Avalon, this 153-mile-long walk is a mythic pilgrimage taking in key sites along the way that will bring the story of King Arthur alive. Along the way, the historical and archaeological evidence will seek to reveal the truth behind Arthur – a composite of traditions, a clash of myth and history.
Dr Kevan Manwaring is the Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Arts University Bournemouth. His books include Heavy Weather: tempestuous tales of stranger climes (The British Library); Lost Islands (Heart of Albion Press); Oxfordshire Folk Tales (The History Press) and others. He has contributed articles to New Writing, Writing in Practice, TEXT, Axon, Revenant, and The Bottle Imp. He has written a series of literary walk features for Cotswold Life magazine, and is the psychogeography editor for Panorama: the journal of intelligent travel.