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The British Pilgrimage Trust (Registered Charity 1176045) aims to advance British pilgrimage as a form of cultural heritage that promotes holistic wellbeing. By championing a time-honoured form of access to Britain’s holy places – from churches to standing stones, cathedrals to ancient trees, river sources to holy wells – the Trust seeks to improve awareness of that heritage, while also providing improved physical and mental health, community engagement, and connection with nature.

In this way, pilgrimage is a practice that can be of significant benefit to the general public, and many different faith and non-faith groups in Britain, as well as those who want to connect more consciously with nature, themselves, and others, walking their own path.

Bardsey Island, North Wales Pilgrims Way

90% of your donation goes towards our charitable works, helping us to…


Gather pilgrimage routes around Britain on our website’s directory, both older and newly formed routes.

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Make digital maps that can be accessed via smartphones, which, using GPS, tell you where you are.

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Produce reference works, such as our book Britain’s Pilgrim Places, that introduce the depth and breadth of the British pilgrimage tradition.

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Provide templates that facilitate anyone to create their own route and host their own guided pilgrimage event.

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Deliver our Sanctuary Project – helping local communities to provide, and pilgrims find, sleeping sanctuary at a reasonable price, benefitting both pilgrims and local communities.  

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Grow our flagship route, the Old Way Pilgrimage from Southampton to Canterbury; a 250-mile pilgrimage route discovered on a 14th-century map.  

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Open up pilgrimage in Britain by reaching out to as many different communities as we can to make pilgrimage more accessible and Open to All.

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Maintain an active digital presence for our online community via our website and social media channels @pilgrimtrust.

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Partner with organisations like Ordnance Survey, English Heritage, Association of English Cathedrals and other nature-based organisations. 

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Develop our plans to introduce pilgrimage to schoolchildren – especially those who may never have walked in the countryside before, or those who are going through a difficult time – given that pilgrimage is an ancient rite of passage that fulfils modern needs.

Of every £1 you donate, 5p will be spent raising the next pound, 5p spent on governance and 90p on promoting pilgrimage in Britain.

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