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Pilgrimage has the potential to promote community and diversity in Britain’s spiritual landscape,
Why Pilgrimage?

Pilgrimage promotes community through open tolerance in Britain’s spiritual landscape, nurtures our relationship with the land, and adds meaning and purpose to our lives.

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Benefits of making a Pilgrimage

Deepening spirituality

Deepening spirituality

Connecting with like-minded people

Improving mental health

Improve
mental health

Connect 
with nature

Connect
with nature

Improving Fitness

Improve your 
fitness

Seek new beginnings

Seek new 
Beginnings

How does it work?

Step 1

Find your pilgrim route

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Find places that resonate

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Step 3

Set your intention

What question do you want resolving, what do you want to bring into your life, or let go of?

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On 
St Cuthberts Way

I walked the route from Jedburgh onwards over 4 days. It is a beautiful walk, helped by some September sunshine. I walked with a friend and we thoroughly enjoyed it. It is way marked really well, but we also bought the guide book. Walking across the pilgrim route of the causeway to Lindisfarne in our barefeet was a very spiritual experience. The buses that run from Lindisfarne seem to have a law unto themselves, making it difficult to plan getting off the island during the safe period! I would recommend an overnight stay if you want to explore it more fully.

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Elaine Tustin

Elaine Tustin

On 
Cuckmere Pilgrim Path

Thank you BPT for listing this beautiful pilgrim path walk. I walked this path with three fellow pilgrims last week. We covered 17km, choosing the lower route under the Long Man of Wilmington, rather than up and over, due to it being such a hot day. There are 7 ancient churches to visit on route, each soaked in history. Each church has a “pilgrim pot” where you can leave a thought or message for one that follows and take a thought for your journey. The church in Berwick has amazing wall frescos to see and Wilmington’s ancient yew tree is a shady spot to rest. The countryside is stunning and we were so impressed at how well signposted the route was. We started our walk from Alciston, planning to stop half way and have a tasty lunch in Badger’s in Alfriston. We passed a few pubs on the way too, so plenty of opportunities for refreshment if required.

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Deb Shurvell

Deb Shurvell

On 
St Magnus Way

An awe-inspiring route with a feeling of deep history. Accommodation was tricky so we relied on public transport and a few multi-night stays. We also did a detour to see the Ring of Brodgar. The cathedral at the end is like no other and so special to find a place with original relics in place. If you plan to start in Egilsay make sure you book the boat as far in advance as you can.

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Gary Ash

Gary Ash

On 
Wexford - Pembrokeshire Pilgrims Way

It has been fantastic to discover new and ancient connections between these two lands. The two halves feel very different but the welcome from the local people is warm and friendly everywhere. Was really touched at the Tulach a’ tSolais monument in Wexford. Seeing seals and porpoise on the Pembrokeshire side was stunning. St David's was a beautiful place to conclude the journey and is already luring me back for a longer stay.

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Margaret Locke

Margaret Locke

On 
St James Way

Just completed the walk from Reading to Southampton. It was a delight! We bought the little guide book from the Reading museum and combined with the well-placed way markers, we always knew where we were. Compliments to the volunteers who placed them! Including Reading, we were on the trail for nine nights. We were able to secure accommodation at various pubs, hotels, or Airbnb along the route. The weather was near perfect and the English countryside is beautiful. We’ll be back!

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Michael Grant

Michael Grant

On 
Old Way

Completed this walk (all 240 miles) in stages over a year. It is absolutely fabulous and well planned route avoiding main roads and busy towns. Spectacular views and places. Somewhat challenging as quite hilly in places but it was all worth it. Stayed in some sanctuaries that were all fabulous. Ended in Canterbury by joining choral evesong that was just beautiful end to the journey. Highly recommended route.

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Sarah Richardson

Sarah Richardson

Old Way pilgrim

On 
Cornish Celtic Way

Our family of four from the States completed the Cornish Celtic Way over 2 weeks in August 2023. We adapted it on two days in order to attend Mass in St. Austell and to visit St. Michael’s Chapel in Roche. The Cornish Celtic Way concept is wonderfully well conceived by Rev. Marns and the path of the rural walk excellently executed. Our 157 mile pilgrimage has been outlined in 15 daily itineraries on the Outdoor Active hiking app. Each day includes a map as well as a record of miles and hours walked. We have detailed our daily endeavors and reviews of our church visits. Spiritual practices and reflections are included for those who may wish to walk a similar route through Cornwall or indeed on any pilgrimage. While a pilgrimage such as the Cornish Celtic Way can be physically arduous, it yields great mental refreshment and spiritual renewal. It is, truthfully, great fun. Our goal in establishing these intentional prayer habits was to help us maintain spiritual rigor while enjoying Cornwall’s wonderful scenery, food and people. Thank you, BPT, for your efforts and commitment!

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Jakob Vossenberg

Jakob Vossenberg

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