Christian Aid pilgrimage to Walsingham
A group of Christians will be leading an informal pilgrimage from Norwich to Walsingham next month to raise funds for Christian Aid.
This year’s walk by the Wells and Walsingham Benefices Christian Aid Group will follow the Walsingham Way from Norwich Cathedral to the Shrines at Walsingham, and will take place during Christian Aid Week, which this year is May 15 to 21.
The pilgrimage is planned to take place over four days as follows: -
Monday 16 - Norwich Cathedral to Ringland
Tuesday 17 - Ringland to Swanton Morley
Wednesday 18 - Swanton Morley to Stibbard
Thursday 19 - Stibbard to Walsingham, covering the Holy Mile, visiting the Roman Catholic Shrine, and ending with a thanksgiving at the Anglican Shrine.
It is hoped that many who couldn't join for the whole walk will, at least, be able to do some or all of the route on the last day.
The Walsingham Way is a new waymarked walking route between Norwich and Walsingham which opened in May 2021 to celebrate the tradition of pilgrimage. The 37-mile path is inspired by a network of pilgrimage routes that once crossed the county as pilgrims from across Europe travelled to north Norfolk’s Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. Founded in 1061, it is thought to be the oldest shrine in the world dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Walkers are guided by signs featuring the new Walsingham Way logo of two linked Ws that together form the letter M, which is a tribute to the Virgin Mary to whom the Walsingham Shrine is dedicated.
Read our previous story about the Walsingham Way here.
Christian Aid is part of the Disasters Emergency Committee, and the aim is to raise funds to help countries affected by hunger, drought, and war.
Please contact Judith Wilson at email@example.com for more information about this year’s walk, or to sponsor the walkers.
The picture, top, shows Kate Clodd who organised last year's Dawn to Dusk relay walk along the North Norfolk Coastal Path, and will be walking again this year. She is pictured at Hunstanton at the start of the walk.