As part of the BPT’s development of the Old Way, we are working to provide sanctuary to pilgrims along the path: low-cost accommodation with a high-impact experience through welcoming pilgrims into the heart of communities. Various offers of Sanctuary exist on pilgrim paths across Britain, such as the Old Way to Canterbury; Golden Valley Pilgrim Way; Northern Saints Trails and Cornish Celtic Way.
This project recently launched in May 2022.
We are aiming to make as many of our Sanctuary listings on existing routes free to all pilgrims, but there will always be a balancing act to ensure we are considering the needs of the sanctuaries (e.g. churches, church halls, village halls) and their custodians. Some sanctuaries don’t want their contact details to be publically visible for various reasons, and so you will find in future a mix of availability, but most are open to all. Friends of the British Pilgrimage Trust will be able to access the sanctuaries who have requested that their contact details remain behind the login.
For Sanctuary venues please contact us for our Starter Pack, that gives advice on governance, operations, promotion, and a helpful checklist.
If you are browsing our website, simply search on our homepage map for the tag ‘Sanctuary’ to discover which routes have them, and then click through to the route page and find the link to the Sanctuaries for that route. Or just click the links above.
All offers of sanctuary are made in exchange for a donation – at each church’s discretion, between £5-£20 per pilgrim, depending upon facilities offered, or with a sliding scale based on a pilgrim’s income.