Thanks Financial Times and their ‘How To Spend It’ team for announcing us as one of ‘five extraordinary walking holidays’ across the world.
“Lately, the pilgrimage – those Celtic and early-Christian walking routes-as-rituals of yore, often evolved along ancient pagan pathways – has been experiencing a revival in popularity: slow journeys that take in wilderness, sacred sites, and monuments are reconnecting walkers to old and deep traditions. One of the leaders here is Guy Hayward, co-founder of the British Pilgrimage Trust.
Together with Dawn Champion, Hayward is currently re-establishing the Old Way, a 250 mile route from Southampton to Canterbury dating to the 13th century, which brought devout English and Europeans alike to Thomas Becket’s shrine. Hayward – a Cambridge grad with a side hustle as one half of a musical comedy duo, who is by several trusted accounts a brilliant guide – leads private pilgrims and small groups throughout the year. They range from half a day to several days, staying in historic pubs and inns along the route. In March and April, his colleagues will host a series of day-long mini-pilgrimages, including a section of the Old Way from Icklesham to Rye, and a London pilgrimage from Tower Hill to Westminster Abbey. One-day pilgrimage event from about £54; private pilgrimage itineraries, prices on request, britishpilgrimage.org”
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