Category Archives: Pilgrimage

The British Pilgrimage Trust

The British Pilgrimage Trust is a Charitable Trust set up to restore the tradition of pilgrimage in Britain. It was formed in 2014 after witnessing the ever-increasing success of the Spanish Camino, and concluding that Britain is missing a trick by not providing pilgrims with access to a similar (or even better) experience. There was an […]


The Cornish Celtic Way

A new spiritual route through Cornwall with a focus on the celtic saints and making reflections on your journey. The Cornish Celtic Way is a new pilgrimage route covering 125 miles through Cornwall from St. German’s to St. Michael’s Mount. It incorporates over 60 miles of the Cornish coastal path as well as two established […]


Christmas Carols at the national Shrine of Saint Jude

There is an open invitation to join the Carmelite Friars for Christmas carols at the Shrine of Saint Jude on Saturday 3rd December 2016 in Faversham, Kent. Singing starts at 2.30pm, but there will be plenty of activities before and after. Everyone who attends will need to get their voices ready for a good and celebratory singalong! […]


Pilgrimage and England’s Cathedrals Past and Present

This is on-going research project being undertaken as an Open University project looking at identifying and analysing the core dynamics of pilgrimage and sacred sites in England from the 11th to 21st centuries, assessing the growing significance of English Cathedrals as sacred/heritage sites today and inform management of and public engagement with these iconic buildings. This […]


Why do people light candles?

The Shrine of St Alban is a site of national Pilgrimage and is one of the highlights of a visit to St Albans Cathedral and Abbey Church. People have been coming there for over 1700 years. It is used as a place of prayer and stillness by visitors every day. St Alban is Britain’s first […]


English Medieval Shrines

English Medieval Shrines, by John Crook, explores the sanctity of physical remains in the medieval cult of saints, and traces the major saints cults from the Norman Conquest to the Reformation. The cult of saints is one of the most fascinating manifestations of medieval piety. It was intensely physical; saints were believed to be present […]


Tissington: A Village Pilgrimage

Written by Deacon Lorraine Brown, the Peak Park Rural Development Enabler, this book uses the wells of the village of Tissington as a focus for a pilgrimage. The pilgrimage can be followed at any time of the year, but (hint) may be difficult during well dressing week as vast numbers of visitors flock to the […]


FRH Biennial conference, Vicenza 9th -11th November 2016

The theme of the fifth Future for Religious Heritage’s international conference is Tourists, Travellers and Pilgrims: Encountering Religious Heritage in Today’s Europe While increasing numbers of church buildings across Europe are being closed, deconsecrated and/or demolished, at the same time there is a growth of interest in religious and/or cultural pilgrimage and tourism along Europe’s […]


Peak Pilgrimage

The Peak Pilgrimage is a new long distance footpath walk designed to be enjoyed by all who liked walking. It takes you through the Peak District National Park one of the most beautiful walking areas in England. The website advises that you can take between two and seven days over the pilgrimage, staying somewhere new each […]


Pilgrim Guide to Scotland

This guide by Donald Smith was published in May 2015 and is a comprehensive introduction to Scotland’s major pilgrim routes, past and present. It covers every region and offers inclusive, simple devotional directions related to each journey. Pilgrim Guide to Scotland is both evocative and inspirational, following each pilgrim journey as a story and as […]