PURPOSE HASTINGS to BATTLE Walked to Battle today. An indulgence really, as I wanted to visit the English Heritage site. Extract from Reflections Journal – Friday 25th August 2017 A few years ago at Bethel I suggested to the church an idea for how we might rethink how we structure our leadership responsibilities and atRead more about PURPOSE[…]
A few things have occupied my mind over these first two weeks of walking. I won’t share much about them with you, as they will form some of my final reflections on the journey….. The limitation of our vision Hospitality Place of Worship or Tourist Resort? Burdens we carry The narrow path
I have uploaded a new route GPX file and map for the journey 21 Portesham to Dorchester because I have tweaked the route a little to take in Maiden Castle. Not sure why I missed it out in the first place really!
Well, it has seemed like this sabbatical pilgrimage idea was always months away, and now it is just four weeks away! On Sunday the 16th July I will be in Cornwall, having taken a seven and a half hour journey by train from Cambridge to Penzance, via London, and will be getting my last nightsRead more about Four Weeks To Go![…]
All of the daily routes are now published to the site as gpx files. I have amended route 11 from Princetown to Ashburton and uploaded a new file. Weekend Equipment Exchanges are now just about finalised. I have volunteers for Exeter, Dorchester, Winchester, Brighton, Rye and Canterbury. The only weekend that I havent managed toRead more about All Routes Published and Equipment Exchange Update[…]
I have now sorted out travel arrangements for the beginning and end of my pilgrimage. A great result on trainline secured me a train ticket from Cambridge to Penzance on Sunday 16th July for just £30.00. The journey is around 7 1/2 hours and I will have to get the bus from Penzance to StRead more about Travel Arrangements[…]
This morning I have started to load copies of my daily route maps onto the site. They can be viewed online and also downloadable as GPX files. I have also been sending out my Final Confirmation emails and letters to all of my overnight hosts, confirming dates, routes, times and contact information.
Just over three months ago I sent out my first requests for overnight accommodation. 320 emails, 25 letters and more than 5o telephone calls later my route planner has gone green. During the planning process red has represented nights when I had nothing in place, yellow represented nights under discussion, and green those nights whereRead more about Overnight Accommodation Complete[…]
The Baptist Times have very kindly published a short article about my pilgrimage 🙂 You can read what they have written here: Baptist Times Article
Nearly a month since my last update, and progress has been good in securing hospitality. All of the probable dates have been confirmed, but I still have a handful of locations to sort out. WEEK TWO: Thursday 27th July. Buckland in the Moor, Devon. I have an option for ‘Glamping’ in Ashburton, but this means stretchingRead more about Route Planning Update[…]
Twelve weeks ago I began the process of contacting churches and church communities along my route to ask them if they would be able to offer me overnight hospitality in their church, church hall, porch or graveyard. Although initially the response was slow, things have really picked up now, and yesterday I confirmed the 38thRead more about Overnight Hospitality Update[…]
WEEK TWO DAY EIGHT – Monday 24th July – Lostwithiel to Liskeard – 12.57 Miles – 4H:57M Week two sees me leaving Lostwithiel for a mixed day of small roads and track-ways through Trewindle, Penveton, Connon, St Pinnock and Trevelmond, before arriving in Liskeard. Overnight courtesy of St Martin’s Church Liskeard. DAYRead more about Week Two[…]
WEEK ONE DAY ONE – Monday 17th July – Land’s End to Penzance – 14.18 Miles – 5H:18M My pilgrimage journey begins at Land’s End. I will be walking across country to St Buryan church and then picking up the coast path near Lamora and following it around to Penzance. Overnight courtesy of Penzance BaptistRead more about Week One[…]
Are you interested in joining me for a day’s walking during my pilgrimage? Would you be able to travel to meet with me on a Saturday and bring me a package of supplies? Although I am planning to complete the majority of my walking alone, I will be joined by my children for a fewRead more about An Invitation[…]
It has been a little while since I last posted an update on preparations for my Sabbatical Pilgrimage this summer…. The dates are now fixed, and I will be setting off from Lands End on Monday 17th July, aiming to complete my journey on Sunday 3rd September at Canterbury Cathedral. The route is now plottedRead more about Pilgrimage Update[…]
Tomorrow I am travelling across to Grafham Water to walk a circular route around the reservoir or around 8 1/5 miles. I am being joined by my son, Chris and also Sam and Charlotte Holmár. If you are interested in joining us contact me on 07886917374.
I have now completed a primary and secondary route from Land’s End to Winchester. These each cover approximately 340 miles, over four weeks, and link up to the South Down Pilgrims Way Project route. The primary route includes a good section of coastal pathways and runs through the middle of Dartmoor, whilst the secondary routeRead more about Route Planning[…]
During the Christmas break I undertook a walk from Swavesey to Ely Cathedral. Accompanied by my friend Sam Holmár, we took a route that follows a series of tracks and causeways and is around 17 miles long. The weather was dry but particularly misty – which meant that we were unable to see the cathedral spires untilRead more about Fens & Footpaths to Ely Cathedral[…]
I realise that quite a lot of my journey in the summer will be on tarmac and so I decided to walk from Swavesey to Cambridge along the BusWay. It’s a pretty uninspiring route and wasn’t made any more enjoyable by the cold misty morning. I certainly ended up walking too fast, completing the 10.5Read more about Cambridge, Hot Chocolate & Mince Pies[…]
Enjoyed wander around Hayley Wood this morning… misty…. beautiful…. peaceful…. apart from the constant witter from Chris about all things Harry Potter – wands, quidditch, fantastic beasts, Hogwarts, houses, trolls, goblins……