23 July 2024

Weekend of reflection for pilgrims

By Ray Duffill

A modern-day pilgrimage began at St Augustine’s Church in Hedon on Saturday as 15 hardy walkers made their way along the Humber Bank to the village of Paull.

The pilgrimage was the brainchild of Rev Philip West who has retired to the local area and has recognised the peacefulness and tranquillity of walking the local countryside and the opportunities for reflection it provides.

He said about the pilgrim project: “There is something about walking; it can calm you, give you space to work out a problem, and prepare you for a new challenge or new phase of your life. The churches recommend it, and I am working to help local people take part.”

The pilgrims made their way to Paull – with frequent stops for observation and reflection – and met local Christians at Paull’s St Andrew’s Church on Saturday. On Sunday, for a smaller group of pilgrims, after
a night in the Paull Holme B&B, it was an early start for the cross-country walk to St Mary’s Church at Thorngumbald for a morning service. Later that day the pilgrims made their way to St Nicholas Church in Keyingham.

If you are interested in the idea of local pilgrimage routes, contact Rev West on 01964 603199 or email [email protected] for more information.