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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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Produce and make available digital maps that can be accessed free of charge via smartphones that make use of a phone’s GPS capability to tell you where you are.

Provide free of charge templates for anyone to create their own route and host their own guided pilgrimage event.

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Run our Sanctuary Project, helping pilgrims seek, and local communities provide, sleeping sanctuary at a reasonable price that will generate income for the local community.  

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Grow our new Old Way Pilgrimage from Southampton to Canterbury – a 250-mile pilgrimage route discovered on a C14th 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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Partner with organisations like English Heritage, National Churches Trust, Association of English Cathedrals, and other nature-based organisations. 

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Develop our plans to introduce pilgrimage as a new but ancient rite of passage for schoolchildren – especially for those children who may never have walked in the countryside before, or those who are going through a difficult time.

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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