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 26th May 2018: A 1-day Pilgrimage from Ditchling Beacon to Lewes – 9 miles – Walk the high road, on this ancient ridgeway of the South Downs. Meet the ancestors in their many tumuli resting places, drink deeply the never-ending vistas of expansive England. Sing and take silence in an ancient off-grid church where King Alfred codified the laws of England, and follow the river to the rebellious market town of Lewes, whose majestically ruined priory was once one of the greatest spiritual centres of South England.
Sun 27th May 2018: A 1-day Pilgrimage from Lewes to Firle – 6.5 miles – Make Pilgrimage from Lewes to Firle – via the once great Lewes Priory; Quietly meet Bible Bottom, the most silent place in South-East England; Climb Mount Caburn – a holy hilltop of song with 360 panorama of Sussex Downs; Descend songfully to Glynde, the operatic village of song; culminate at the ancient pilgrim church of Firle with its celebrity vicar and BPT Patron Peter Owen Jones.
Fri 15th – Sun 17th June 2018: A Turtle Dove Pilgrimage – Rewilding a Song – Rusper to Knepp Castle, Sussex.
Make a pilgrimage from the pub where Vaughan Williams collected the song ‘The Turtle Dove’ in 1907, to the last colony of Turtle Doves in Sussex. From human to natural source, we are taking the song home. Turtle Doves are highly endangered in the U.K. Come bring your song of thanks to this bird of poetic love and English summer. For if they go away, they may not come back again…
Thu 21st – Sun 24th June 2018: A 4-day Pilgrimage from Hamstreet to Canterbury – 40 miles – Make pilgrimage to the great centre of ancient British pilgrimage at Canterbury, sleeping in three churches along the Old Way. Via holy wells of the ‘Mad Maid of Kent’ and one that doubles as the source of the River Nailbourne, a rare Norman Church from the Kent School of Architecture, the smallest town in Britain, and the port where the cathedral’s stone arrived and Julius Caesar’s army landed, the oldest church in Britain and then… the ancient Cathedral of Canterbury and its Holy Well.
Sat 21st – Sun 22nd July 2018: A 2-day Pilgrimage from Arundel to Bramber – 11 + 13 miles – Make Pilgrimage along ancestral paths, over hillforts and mounds to the last surviving pilgrim hostel in South England, via Arundel Castle, Cissbury Ring, once the largest hill fort in Europe; and Bramber Castle before finishing at St Mary’s House, Bramber, an old pilgrim’s rest house with a holy well and buried Templar Chapel.
Sat 11th Aug 2018: A 1-day Pilgrimage from Icklesham to Rye – 7 miles – Make Pilgrimage to the twin holy hill towns of East Sussex – Winchelsea and Rye – via a deeply peaceful church twinned with its ancient yew tree, the acoustic atmosphere of the rushes and birds on Pett Level, through the ancient portal of New Gate into the holy hill town of Winchelsea with its glorious glass, and Camber Castle where you first glimpse the Cathedral of East Sussex rise in front of you, with its tower topping the cobbled town of Rye.
Sun 26th Aug 2018: A 1-day Pilgrimage to Canterbury (The Last Day of the Old Way) – 7.5 miles – At the eastern end of the Old Way, lies Canterbury – an ancient Roman city, whose streets have worn smooth with the footsteps of saints and pilgrims. Follow us as we walk the same paths they once trod, via the Well Chapel, Bekesbourne, a source of pure spring water, located next to a ruined medieval chapel; Fordwich, the home of a radiantly lovely church dedicated to St Mary, and Canterbury, the home of Christianity in England; which has welcomed pilgrims for over a thousand years, sheltering both springs and saints – this ancient city is the culmination of the entire Old Way.