River Dart Pilgrimage: Salmon & Saltmarsh (stage 2)

River Dart Pilgrimage: Salmon & Saltmarsh (stage 2)River Dart Pilgrimage: Salmon & Saltmarsh (stage 2)
River Dart Pilgrimage: Salmon & Saltmarsh (stage 2)
Event details
Sun
07
Jul
 - 
Sun
07
Jul
1:30 pm
-
5:00 pm
The Ham
 miles

Join our friend Rev Sam Wernham on part one of a partially silent pilgrimage along the River Dart.

The second of four journeys along the River Dart Way, a sea to source route. It is inspired by and follows the journey that the Dart Atlantic salmon swim, to return from the open ocean to their source pools, for spawning, on Dartmoor.

We start on the shore of the River Dart with a warm welcome and an introduction to our afternoon together. A short walk (including a steep climb) takes us to St George's Church, where we will pause. The guide will offer some reflections on pilgrimage and a short guided meditation to help us settle into our bodies, connect to nature and enter into silence + the option for each pilgrim to light a candle and set an intention for their pilgrimage today.

The walk then drops down through the historic village of Dittisham to Mill Creek. Tides permitting, we will walk silently along the shore (which may be somewhat slippery with mud, stones and seaweed) and pause to encounter saltmarsh plants, with some input from the guide. We then continue in silence (up a short flight of steep steps) through meadow and woodland to reach East Cornworthy. A long climb up a Devon deep lane follows (light traffic may be encountered) and a walk along the ridge with some expansive views over the river at gateways along the Way. Finally we drop down a lane, cut into the local rock, to reach the churchyard at St Peter's Cornworthy, with views towards our ultimate destination on Dartmoor). Here we come out of silence and share reflections together before we close at around 5pm.

You will need a reasonable level of fitness for this walk and, to stay within our timings, we will walk at a relaxed and yet steady pace.

For most of the pilgrimage, we will be in silence. At times we will need to include being alongside others in our silence.

Rev Sam Wernham

About the guide

Rev Sam Wernham is the creator of River Dart Way and founder of River Dart Wild Church, which has been walking the River Dart and its tributaries for the last ten years. Our Wild Church is an independent and inter-spiritual collective, which works with and welcomes guides and pilgrims of diverse secular or sacred orientations.

What to bring

Conditions along the Dart Estuary can be very changeable. So please come prepared with sturdy and waterproof footwear, lots of layers, including a waterproof/windproof top layer and a hat. You may equally well need sunscreen & shades!

Please bring plenty of water & snacks. There will be pauses for quiet reflection along the way and you may like to have a notebook, journal or sketchbook and writing/drawing equipment with you. Hand lenses and binoculars can also help your engagement with encountering the wild.

Timings: We begin promptly at 1.30pm, and timings during the day will vary depending on the pace of the group. We'll aim to finish at 5pm but this may vary.

Travel Arrangements: There is a public car park at The Ham, Dittisham. (Fee paying - cash or Ringo).

Parking is usually available along the side of a lane opposite the Church at Cornworthy here.

This is a one way pilgrimage. Pilgrims can then choose for themselves if they want to linger (and there may be the option of a church tea!) or walk back (self guided). There may also be the option of lifts back, especially if some pilgrims with cars can volunteer to help with this.

The end point is: St Peter's Church,1 Green Close, Cornworthy, Totnes TQ9 7HW

Safety: Please be aware that this route includes lanes with potential traffic & no pavement or verge, some steep steps, long hills, narrow paths, slippery and uneven surfaces, water etc

FAQ’s

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

Is this religious? This journey welcomes all and no-faiths equally. Wild Church is an independent and inter-spiritual collective, which works with and welcomes guides and pilgrims of diverse secular or sacred orientations.

Will I be asked to share my feelings with the group? This is a mainly silent pilgrimage with a time of optional shared reflections at the end. It's ot compulsory to share your feelings with the group.

Do you offer concessions? There are a limited number of free or discounted places available on this pilgrimage for those on income-related benefits such as Universal Credit. Please contact us for eligibility information and a discount code.

Are there fitness or access limitations? Pilgrimage is moderately intense. You will need a reasonable level of fitness for this walk and, to stay within our timings, we will walk at a relaxed and yet steady pace. There are some steep steps, hills and a variety of surfaces. Many parts are not currently accessible to those with mobility impairments. Expect lanes with potential traffic & no pavement or verge, some steep steps, long hills, narrow paths, slippery and uneven surfaces, water etc

Can I bring my dog? This is a (mostly) silent and mindful walk for adults only, so please leave your canine friends at home. Then it will be easier to give your full attention to wild beings we meet along the way. If you have a registered assistance dog, they are welcome.

What is my ticket price paying for, in addition to admission? After costs, 50% of funds raised from this limited space event are donated to Wild Church. The remainder funds the team at British Pilgrimage Trust (a registered charity) to spend more time making it possible for thousands of pilgrims to make pilgrimage themselves by engaging with our ever-increasing range of free resources. For more details about our charitable activities, please check here.

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River Dart Wild Church & British Pilgrimage Trust
Organiser:

River Dart Wild Church & British Pilgrimage Trust

Date and time

Sun
07
Jul
1:30 pm
-
5:00 pm

About this event

Moderate
 miles

The Ham, Ham Lane, Dittisham, Dartmouth TQ6

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