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 a special time, and support the revival of British Pilgrimage.
Sat 25th Sep – 9.15am-6pm – A 1-day Pilgrimage from Lewes to Firle – 8 miles, 1 day. Join our Old Way Project Leader, historian and nature enthusiast Dawn Champion on this guided pilgrimage from the market town of Lewes across the stunning Sussex landscape to village of Firle. Bring your own beliefs. This pilgrimage is for anyone who wishes to find their own meaning and connect with the landscape, for all faiths and no faith. || We begin at Lewes Priory, to walk in the footsteps of 11th century Cluniac monks and hear stories of Gundred and her husband, William de Warenne. After exploring the complex patterns between land and water at the Heart of Reeds, we’ll pause at St Thomas à Becket Church before gathering ourselves to ascend the Downs. Encountering Mount Caburn, the highest point on the Downs, we’ll contemplate the ancient landscape, discovering more about the wildlife we find on the way to St Mary’s Church at Glynde, a unique place for its architecture and wild churchyard. We move on to St Andrews at Beddingham, where a Saxon royal minster gives us cause to consider ancient stories of the Anglo Saxons. We then reach our destination, the parish church of St Peter, Firle, whose Vicar, the Reverend Peter Owen-Jones is well known well known as BBC1’s ‘Extreme Pilgrim’, as well as for his many books.
Thu 18th Nov – 9am-6pm – A London Pilgrimage from Tower Hill to Westminster Abbey – 5 miles, 1 day. 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) in time to listen to Choral Evensong at the Abbey if you wish. The route passes through the portal (now marked by the Temple Bar) between the commerical City of London and the political and priestly City of Westminster. There are many beautiful historic churches, places of sanctuary and peace, as well as holy wells, ancient stones and a Roman Temple. The concentration is particularly high in the City of London, where the churches are only open on weekdays.
A fresh urban approach to the ancient art of pilgrimage.
If Covid forces the event date to be cancelled, we will transfer your ticket to a postponed date in the future. But we are also offering full refunds in this scenario too, should you wish for that.
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