Wakefield Cathedral Pilgrimage in a Day
Linear route from Dewsbury Minster – 7.5 miles. Google Map Burgundy Line. The pilgrimage starts in the centre of Dewsbury, paying due homage to its magnificent 13th century church building which houses some fabulous Saxon carvings, a reminder of Dewsbury’s long heritage of faith. The minster was founded by the early Christian missionary St Paulinus, who preached here in the 7thcentury. Its stone relics include the country’s earliest surviving carving of Christ in Majesty, which dates from about 850AD. The route then traces to the east through suburbs, countryside and then suburbs again as it approaches its destination, a mixture of fields and streets that offers time for quiet contemplation and active engagement with the city as the pilgrim draws near to Wakefield Cathedral. Make sure you centre yourself by walking Wakefield’s Labyrinth on arrival at the cathedral.
Circular route from Wakefield Westgate station to Wakefield Hepworth Museum, Chantry Chapel and the Cathedral. 3.5 miles. Google Map Turquoise Line.
In collaboration with the British Pilgrimage Trust, these routes were created by Nick Mayhew-Smith, co-author of ‘Britain’s Pilgrim Places‘.