All our 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.
Sat 4th – Sun 5th May 2019: The Cumbrian Cistercian Way – 25 miles, 2 days.
** SOLD OUT ** £120 per person (inc. breakfast and lunch on Sunday and Saturday night’s accommodation); £200 for two tickets; £180 for godparent and godchild. ** SOLD OUT ** Guy from BPT will guide you through the South Cumbrian coastal landscape which, though varied, is softer in character than the more rugged Lake District Hills. This gentler aspect must have influenced the Cistercian monks when they chose to build Furness Abbey where they did- once the second wealthiest and most powerful Cistercian monastery in England. The Way is never far from the shores of Morecambe Bay which, with its ever-moving tides below a skyline of hills and fells, creates light patterns that never cease to surprise in an expanse that lends itself for contemplation.
Thu 16th May 2019: A 1-day Royal Pilgrimage from Tower of London via St Paul’s Cathedral to Westminster Abbey – 5 miles, 9am-6.30pm.
** 11th April SOLD OUT – 16th May date just added ** £50 for a single ticket; £40 each if two pilgrims buy together; £25 each if a godparent brings a godchild. **
With BPT’s Guy and route creator/historian Jason Goodwin you will delve into the heart of England’s history in the modern city. From the early 14th century until the reign of Charles II, a procession would be led for each coronation along this ancient way from the Tower to Westminster Abbey (where the intact shrine of Saint King Edward the Confessor is in place). The route passes through the portal between the City of London and the City of Westminster that is now marked by the Temple Bar, and there are beautiful historic churches in dense concentration as well as holy wells and ancient stones, particularly in the City of London, where the churches are only open on weekdays. Watch video of the pilgrimage here, narrated by Rupert Sheldrake and Brian Rose. Listen to a podcast with Rupert Sheldrake and Mark Vernon here. Buy the guidebook here.
Sat 25th – Sun 26th May 2019: Finchale Camino Inglés – 20 miles, 2 days.
£120 per person (inc. breakfast and lunch on Sunday and Saturday night’s accommodation); £200 for two tickets; £180 for godparent and godchild. Guy of the BPT will guide you on this recognised English section of the Camino Ingles via A Coruna, where medieval pilgrims arrived from England, to Santiago. We walk to Durham Cathedral, the magnificent shrine of St Cuthbert, and then walk the Weardale Way to the spectacular ruins of Finchale Priory, where the 12th-century hermit Godric lived for 50 years, and from where he made one of the earliest recorded pilgrimages from England to Santiago in Northern Spain.
6th/7th – 9th June 2019: Turtle Dove Pilgrimage – A Re-Wilding Journey to the Heart of Sussex Song and Nature – 20+ miles.
**SOLD OUT** Make Pilgrimage to a holy place in nature – one of the last remaining colonies of Turtle Doves in Sussex. With host Will Parsons (co-founder of the BPT) and folk-singer Sam Lee (Singing With Nightingales & The Nest Collective). A three-night Pilgrimage to ‘re-wild’ one of Britain’s ancient traditional songs back to the very birds that inspired the folk song.
Tracing the songlines of Sussex, seekers and walkers of the old ways are welcome to share this path connecting the ancient traditional song ‘Turtle Dove’ collected in 1903 by Vaughan Williams and carry it from its source to one of the last remaining populations of actual Turtle Doves. Featuring two river sources, wild-swimming, foraging, local history, nature connection, fireside song, and sleeping in a Medieval church. As heard on Radio 4. **SOLD OUT**
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