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The British Pilgrimage Trust, a registered charity, aims to advance British pilgrimage as a form of cultural heritage that promotes holistic wellbeing.

Britain’s pilgrim places – from churches to standing stones, cathedrals to ancient trees, river sources to holy wells – can be joined up by walking. In light of this, the Trust aims to be of benefit to the general public by improving awareness of this heritage, while also providing improved physical and mental health, dialogue with local communities, and connection with nature.

Any donations raised allow our charity’s team 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.

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Or by BACS:
A/C Name: The British Pilgrimage Trust CIO
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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 freely accessed via smartphones, which, using GPS, tell you where you are.

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Promote reference works, such as our own book Britain’s Pilgrim Places and others that also introduce the depth and breadth of the British pilgrimage tradition, such as Magical Britain.

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Provide free materials that help anyone to create their own route and host their own guided pilgrimage event, or as part of our volunteer guide network.

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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; and a new route, the Wexford-Pembrokeshire Pilgrim Way

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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, our e-newsletter mailing list 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, 10p will be spent raising the next pound, 10p spent on governance and 90p on promoting pilgrimage in Britain.


Support us by becoming a Friend 

Support us with a one-off donation

Or by BACS:
A/C Name: The British Pilgrimage Trust CIO
Wise Bank Sort Code: 23-14-70
Acc No: 32797834
Ref to add: [your email address]

Bardsey Island, North Wales Pilgrims Way