All posts by: British Pilgrimage

BPT in Country Living Magazine


Emma Pritchard wrote this wonderful article in the Winter Issue of Country Living magazine. Andrew Montgomery took the photos, and that shoot was unlike any other, pouncing on the snow windows. Pilgrimage in the winter is very special.

“100 Silences” Pilgrimage in the Brixton Bugle


At the end of Will’s “100 Silences” pilgrimage, he gave the remnants of the battlefield soil carried from Southampton to local children in Brixton, who laid it on the war memorial opened there only last year, for African and Caribbean servicemen. This is the article as written for the local Brixton newspaper: Young and old […]

“100 Silences” Pilgrimage in the Southampton Daily Echo


Co-founder William Parsons’ recent Pilgrimage of Remembrance, featuring 100 recordings of silence at 100 WW1 war memorials, was featured in the Southampton Echo newspaper. Read the article here: https://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/16994487.william-parsons-36-who-is-the-co-founder-of-the-british-pilgrimage-trust-started-his-pilgrimage-which-will-take-him-from-southampton-to-london-via-dover/

Church Times launches ‘1-day pilgrimage routes to cathedrals’ and ‘godparent-child pilgrimages’ projects


Church Times launches ‘1-day pilgrimage routes to cathedrals’ and ‘godparent-child pilgrimages’ projects ‘Turn cathedral visitors into pilgrims,’ says British Pilgrimage Trust by PAUL WILKINSON 05 OCTOBER 2018 People are being asked to devise pilgrimage routes that would take a single day to each of the cathedrals in Britain. “It’s the most accessible way to engage with […]

Churches and Pilgrimage (How to get Britain going again) An Article by William Parsons for the NCT


This September, Will wrote an article for the National Churches Trust Annual Review, about his vision for pilgrimage in Britain and how churches can become places that more people engage with through the open act of pilgrimage. Have a read of the article here: https://www.nationalchurchestrust.org/news/churches-and-pilgrimage-how-get-britain-going-again Here’s a quote from the article: “We have seen time […]

The Old Way in Suitcase Magazine


The Old Way pilgrimage recently featured in the Slow Edition of Suitcase Magazine, an award-winning travel mag much loved by ‘influencers’ globally.  Will guided Rae the journalist on the last four days of the route, rich with castles, holy wells, ancient trees, and more churches than you can shake a pilgrim staff at. It was […]

The Independent – Lord Selborne makes pilgrimage to each of the 42 English Cathedrals over 2 years


“I spent two years walking to every cathedral in England – and made some incredible discoveries” Over the course of two years, the Earl of Selborne undertook to walk to every cathedral in England, and found himself inspired by stunning architecture, amazing music, beautiful countryside – and the occasional canalside pub. Read his wonderful article here.

British Pilgrimage meets Tony Robinson again!


Guy from the British Pilgrimage Trust meets Tony Robinson on Channel 4, and sings to him the oldest English song with words and music written down together in c. 1160 – ‘Sainte Marie’ by Saint Godric of Finchale – before taking him to the oldest and largest stone cross on Dartmoor – Nun’s Cross – […]

Rupert Sheldrake talks to Russell Brand about pilgrimage


The British Pilgrimage Trust’s Patron Rupert Sheldrake was recently interviewed on Russell Brand’s “Under the Skin” podcast. We’ve edited together a selection of excerpts from the interview, where they discuss pilgrimage. Brand on Pilgrimage: “To me it sounds bloody delightful” – “It’s the sort of thing I might do, actually” – “I wanna go to […]

Green Pilgrimage – Radio 4


Will speaks to Radio 4 at the Green Pilgrimage Conference in Canterbury Cathedral. Pilgrimage is more popular than ever, with hundreds of thousands of people travelling great distances to visit holy places on foot; an experience that is inextricably connected to the natural world. There is an increasing amount of interest in how to make […]

Pilgrim Song from the Way to Walsingham


A 2015 Song Pilgrimage   Day 1: Maria Durch Ein Dornwald Ging (in St Mary’s Church Willesden) We began at St Mary’s Willesden, a church with a Black Madonna statue and a holy well. We launched our pilgrimage to Walsingham amid the bustle of the church food bank. This is a German carol, taught to […]

British Pilgrimage on Radio Sussex


Twice during our recent Jerusalem Song Pilgrimage, we had the privilege of being interviewed by BBC Radio Sussex/Surrey. This is a recording of the second interview, on a Sunday breakfast show – just before setting out on Day 9 of our pilgrimage to Blake’s cottage and Parry’s house, where the song Jerusalem was born. We […]

Make your own self-guided Jerusalem Song Pilgrimage


To self-guide a weekend micro-pilgrimage to the song Jerusalem, we recommend Alastair Sawdays’ website (slow travel and special places specialists), who detail a section of our route from Dunsfold to Haslemere, staying in the amazing Roundhurst Barns – an unforgettable night of wooded luxury at the foot of the Black Downs, where in the morning […]

Jerusalem Pilgrimage Videos


THE SONG ITSELF DAY 0 – Travelling to London (with interviews) DAY 1 (The Start) – Primrose Hill at Sunrise DAY 1 (Part II) – Bunhill Fields to St. Paul’s Cathedral DAY 1 (Part III) – Fleet Street to Piccadilly DAY 2 – Piccadilly to Battersea DAY 3 – Wimbledon to Hampton Court DAY 4 […]

Itinerary of 2016 Jerusalem Pilgrimage


To make our pilgrimage to Jerusalem the song, we had a plan. We tried to follow it. But as ever on pilgrimage, the whim of journey was key. If solid local knowledge presented itself in the form of an old dear’s wise whispers, or if a quest emerged from the forest, or if the wind […]

Jerusalem Pilgrimage 2016


To honour the 100 year anniversary of Jerusalem (the song), from October 22nd to November 1st 2016 the BPT made a 125 mile pilgrimage from London to Sussex, the birthplace of Britain’s unofficial national anthem.     A Pilgrimage Collaboration Between: The Blake Society (Honouring and Celebrating the work of William Blake) Millican Backpacks (Making […]

Itinerary of 2016 Jerusalem Pilgrimage


THE SONG ITSELF DAY 0 – Travelling to London (with interviews) DAY 1 (The Start) – Primrose Hill at Sunrise DAY 1 (Part II) – Bunhill Fields to St. Paul’s Cathedral DAY 1 (Part III) – Fleet Street to Piccadilly DAY 2 – Piccadilly to Battersea DAY 3 – Wimbledon to Hampton Court DAY 4 […]

British Pilgrimage in the Spectator!


Last Saturday (July 2016) the British Pilgrimage Trust featured heavily in an article in the Spectator. We had little choice about the line the journalist took, and he decided on a ‘pilgrimage now with less Christianity’ angle – which is strangely quantitative, and possibly mis-leading, because there can be as much Christianity as you want […]

Video: British Pilgrimage and Tony Robinson


This July (2016) the BPT took the wonderful Tony Robinson on a pilgrimage – the first one (he says) he has ever made. We’re not sure we entirely believe him – we suspect Britain makes far more pilgrimage than it realises, albeit perhaps unconsciously. This piece was for Channel 4, and will come out this […]

Video and Route: A Greenwich Song Pilgrimage


In early March 2016, six students from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance approached the British Pilgrimage Trust for help in devising a Greenwich musical pilgrimage, which connects the holy places of Greenwich along a new pilgrimage route of song. The group were from Trinity Laban’s CoLab week, in which students from diverse musical backgrounds […]

Video: Song Pilgrimage to Ashburnham Lady Well


This single day’s pilgrimage is the first video pilgrimage from part of the South Downs Pilgrims’ Way. [LINK] It begins at St Nicolas Pevensey, a Church built by William the Conqueror in thanks for his victory over King Harold and his conquest of England. Many landscapes are passed, from the military to the empty ghost […]

British Pilgrimage on BBC 1


Guy Hayward and William Parsons, trustees of the British Pilgrimage Trust, were honoured to be featured on BBC1 Songs of Praise during their Springtime pilgrimage from London to Walsingham. The presenter was David Grant, Take That’s singing teacher, who offered great advice and support to the singing pilgrims – though he refused to join their […]