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While shops are already crammed full of gifts for Christmas, it isn’t always easy to find something for that special person.

This year why not give them a present that is interesting, informative and will also bring real benefits in terms of their physical, spiritual and mental health?

Walking is nothing new but with the recent focus on the importance of good mental health, it is being encouraged more than ever. Pilgrimage is also coming back into fashion and this Christmas you can combine the two in one gift.

The Cornish Celtic Way takes readers and walkers on a journey stretching from St Germans to St Michael’s Mount.

The 125-mile Cornish Celtic Way incorporates two ancient pilgrimage routes – The Saints Way and St Michael’s Way – as well as parts of the South West Coastal Path. Those walking the route also have the option of staying in churches and other venues along the way as they collect stamps in their Cornish Celtic Way passport.

Devised by Revd Canon Nigel Marns based in Ludgvan, the Cornish Celtic Way is a wonderful route, meticulously researched, that can guide you through a spiritual journey of Cornwall. Not just churches (although there are many beautiful ones all along the route) but holy wells, standing stones, meeting places and simple pathways that have been walked and prayed over for centuries. It is designed to be something that can be done in one go or divided into manageable sections.

Nigel says: “The aim of the Cornish Celtic Way is to help anyone, of any age, who is interested in spirituality to explore and develop their faith in a different way. Having faith isn’t about just going to a place of worship, it’s about getting out and experiencing it in everyday life as well, taking it into your own hands.”

For more information on the Cornish Celtic Way or to buy a book visit The Cornish Celtic Way