All open events are designed to introduce more people to British pilgrimage, raise funds for the BPT, and to help establish a network of British pilgrim sleep-spots.
Come along, have an amazing time, and support the revival of British Pilgrimage.
3rd March 2018 – A 1-day Pilgrimage from Emsworth to Chichester – 10 miles – Make Pilgrimage through Saxon and Roman Sussex along the deep south coast, via the birthplace of the Wheelbarrow Saint, the oldest site of Christianity in Sussex, the largest Roman Palace in all Britain, and Chichester Cathedral.
4th March 2018 – A 1-day Pilgrimage from Stoughton to Chichester – 8.5 miles – an idyllic village graced by an early Norman church, a hidden landscape of burial places and forgotten temples, watched over by one of Europe’s last remaining ancient Yew forests, the village of West Stoke, and to finish, the iconic Chichester Cathedral.
26th May 2018 – A 1-day Pilgrimage from Ditchling Beacon to Lewes – 9 miles – Join us along the ridge of the South Downs, dotted with tumps and startling vistas, via a watchful beacon, an expansive plain of ancestral burial places, an ancient church on an island where King Alfred once oversaw the law of the land, and ending at the notoriously rebellious market town of Lewes, known for a priory that was once one of the greatest spiritual centres in the South.
27th May 2018 – A 1-day Pilgrimage from Lewes to Firle – 6.5 miles – Make Pilgrimage from Lewes to bucolic Firle – via Lewes Priory; Bible Bottom, the most silent place in South-East England; Mount Caburn – a holy hilltop of song with 360 panorama of Sussex Downs; Glynde, the operatic village, and the ancient church of Firle with a Piper stained-glass window and home of celebrity vicar and BPT Patron Peter Owen Jones.
23-24th June 2018 – A 2-day Pilgrimage from Patrixbourne to Whitstable, via Canterbury – 7.5 + 9 miles – Make pilgrimage to the dawn of the Old Way, linking the great centre of ancient British pilgrimage at Canterbury with the Kentish Finisterre at Whitstable. Via a rare Norman Church from the Kent School of Architecture, the smallest town in Britain, and the port where the cathedral’s stone arrived and Julius Caesar’s army landed, the ancient city of Canterbury, and finally the Street, Whitstable, The Kentish Finisterre.
21st-22nd July 2018 – A 2-day Pilgrimage from Arundel to Bramber – 11 + 13 miles – Make Pilgrimage along ancestral paths, over hillforts and mounds to the last surviving pilgrim hostel in South England, via Arundel Castle, South Stoke Church; Cissbury Ring, once the largest hill fort in Europe; and Bramber Castle before finishing at St Mary’s House, Bramber, an old pilgrim’s rest house with a holy well and buried Templar Chapel.
11th Aug 2018 – A 1-day Pilgrimage from Icklesham to Rye – 7 miles – Make Pilgrimage to the twin holy hill towns of East Sussex – Winchelsea and Rye – via a deeply peaceful church twinned with its ancient yew tree, the acoustic atmosphere of the rushes and birds on Pett Level, through the ancient portal of New Gate into the holy hill town of Winchelsea with its glorious glass, and Camber Castle where you first glimpse the Cathedral of East Sussex rise in front of you, with its tower topping the cobbled town of Rye.
26th Aug 2018 – A 1-day Pilgrimage to Canterbury – The Last Day of the Old Way – 7.5 miles – At the eastern end of the Old Way, lies Canterbury – an ancient Roman city, whose streets have worn smooth with the footsteps of saints and pilgrims. Follow us as we walk the same paths they once trod, via the Well Chapel, Bekesbourne, a source of pure spring water, located next to a ruined medieval chapel; Fordwich, the home of a radiantly lovely church dedicated to St Mary, and Canterbury, the home of Christianity in England; which has welcomed pilgrims for over a thousand years, sheltering both springs and saints – this ancient city is the culmination of the entire Old Way.