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Pilgrimage Today: Find Your Direction

17
April
2024

St James' Church, Clerkenwell

The British Pilgrimage Trust invites you to our 'Evensong, Symposium, Meet' event on April 17th, the day that Chaucer's pilgrims set out from London to make their way to Canterbury.

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Avebury Pilgrimage

The Avebury Pilgrimage was a joyful experience. Guy brought wonder and deep connection to the group experience. The other pilgrims were warm, fun and willing to surrender to this rich experience of movement, landscape, the past and the unseen world all around us. Thank you Guy!

Laura

Laura

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Salisbury Silent Pilgrimage

My favourite part was walking in silence and being able to just concentrate on the purpose of my pilgrimage without the noise and baggage of life getting in the way. Abigail was a wonderful guide. She was thoughtful and brought a calm and sense of spiritual purpose to the day. I absolutely loved the walk.

Tamsin

Tamsin

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Glastonbury Day Pilgrimage

Many good moments but two things stand out: Chalice Well and the impromptu singing of a wassail song on the way up Glastonbury Tor, by an apple orchard. It was cold yet rather lovely to do a pilgrimage in the frost. Informed and engaging guide. Friendly and supportive fellow pilgrims. Such a good ethos.

Susan

Susan

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Canterbury Candlelight Pilgrimage

I loved walking through the countryside and the fascinating sights such as the church mill and barrow. The lanterns were lovely too and the Wassail singing and cake were a lovely touch. The arrival at Canterbury was spectacular. It was a lovely day and Dawn is a terrific guide.

Sally Kermond

Sally Kermond

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Winchester Day Pilgrimage

Dawn was absolutely brilliant. Brought the group together and was so knowledgeable . Really warm individual and so caring. Just an amazing experience all round. Can't thank you enough for the experience.

Stuart B

Stuart B

On 
Aylesford to Rochester

My favourite part was Dawn singing to us by Kits Coty - sublime when the sun came out for us at the end of the song. Dawn has a lovely sincerity and her singing was wonderful. Also the Canon’s pilgrim’s blessing In Winchester Cathedral was an unexpected and perfect end to the day

Alexandra Rochester Pilgrim

Alexandra Rochester Pilgrim

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Oxford Four Gates Pilgrimage

I enjoyed listening to Guy's singing in the different settings - enhanced the experience and linked us to the past. The whole day was beautifully facilitated with a perfect balance of history overview, time for reflection and walking. It was very special - thank you so much!

Jo - Oxford Pilgrim

Jo - Oxford Pilgrim

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Pilgrimage FAQ’s

Do you offer concessions?

There are usually a limited number of free or discounted places available on our regular 1 day guided pilgrimages for those on income-related benefits such as Universal Credit PIP or DLA. This will vary depending on the pilgrimage. Please contact us for eligibility information and a discount code.

Who can come?

Anyone over 18 (or under 18 with parental guidance, bearing in mind the walking distance).

Is this religious?

Most of our pilgrimages are faith-neutral, drawing on a variety of traditions and practices. We operate a “Bring Your Own Beliefs” policy where pilgrims can participate as they choose.

We ask all pilgrims to respect one another, whatever their beliefs. There is time and space to engage with holy places on your own terms, whether that is with quiet contemplation, a personal prayer, our suggested practices or simply relaxing in the space.

Some pilgrimages are guided by individuals with specific faiths. On these journeys all faiths and no-faiths are equally welcome, but you can expect to experience some faith-specific practices on these. Look for “Faith Focused” pilgrimages in our listings for these.

Is it just walking?

Every pilgrimage is unique, and includes a range of practices carefully selected by your guide. Set an intention for your journey and participate in a rich experience, created by a different things throughout the day.

These could include moments to stimulate thought such stories, songs, poems and folklore, physical practices like barefoot walking, wild water drinking, forest bathing or forehead pressing.

There may be moments of deliberate silence, a blessing or reading from a local person, wild flower foraging – all sorts of things, plus plenty of time walking on the path. You will never be made to participate in something if you prefer not to. The day can feel relaxed, contemplative, light-hearted and joyful, and will be different depending on the route, guide and the band of pilgrims you share it with.

Will I be asked to share my feelings with the group?

We like to keep things light and breezy, so there will be no group emotional sharing moments, even though people may be coming for emotional reasons. If you want to share your feelings in personal conversation when walking with others that is up to you. It is certainly not compulsory.

What about transport? How do I get back to my car?

Most of our pilgrimages are accessible by public transport, the greenest way to connect with the pilgrimage. If you prefer to use your car, we recommend parking at the end point and getting public transport to the start point. If that isn’t an option, often there will be the choice to taxi share or lift share at the end of the pilgrimage.

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