22 May 2024

Pilgrimage walk follows success of inaugural event

By Ray Duffill

Rev Philip West’s second pilgrimage walk is taking place between the churches at Patrington, Hollym, Withernsea, Tunstall and Roos on the weekend of April 22 and 23.

The walk is inspired by pilgrimage routes from across the world, and follows a successful local walk last summer.

Rev West said: “This involves routes between three stunning medieval churches, one beautiful Victorian, and one more modern. They are all fascinating places to visit. It’s a great walking route, over farmland, country lanes, beach, and cliff top, but you can also join in by cycle, car, or even bus. There will be plenty of space for quiet and reflection. Anyone can join in. Meals will be provided.

“Our first weekend pilgrimage in August 2022 was a great success. About 20 people joined in walking between the churches from Hedon to Paull to Thorngumbald to Keyingham, and everyone enjoyed it very much.

“There is something about walking. It can calm you, give you space to work out a problem, and prepare yourself for a new challenge or new phase of your life. There are now pilgrimage routes all over the world, some of them hundreds of miles long.

“I am working for the churches planning a series of weekend pilgrimages in South Holderness. So, you won’t need to travel to them, or walk miles and miles, or even walk. You don’t need to be a church member. Lots of people are getting enthusiastic about the idea.”

For more information, email [email protected] or call 01964 603199.

Rev Philip West is the Church of England curate to all the churches of South Holderness.