With Spring now finally here the easing of restrictions is a welcome prospect with much to look forward to. I have a few little walks lined up and also my Pilgrimages will be supporting local charities here in Cornwall and at Oundle in the Nene Valley.
Both the Cornwall and Oundle Pilgrimages offer new off-road routes which I will be testing out soon (keep an eye on the Walking for Charity Facebook page). At present both websites show established routes which are walked regularly by members of the British Pilgrimage Trust and locals who have been glad to visit the countryside during long Winter lockdown. New walking booklets/guides for these routes will soon be available at my website and other local outlets. News updates and fundraising details will be posted on my Charity Facebook Page.
THE CORNISH PILGRIMAGE – Route 2
We hope to be walking and filming the new off-road Cornish Pilgrimage – THE CORNISH COAST AND SAINTS ROUTE from 22nd May. A small group of us will be setting off along the itinerary below; however members of the public are invited to join us for any stage of the journey which is also a fundraising exercise. We invite the public to support Cornwall Hospice Care by making a donation at the Cornish Pilgrimage Justgiving page on this newsletter.
Pilgrims can take on the challenge any time of year and with enumerable campsites/B&Bs en route, can easily choose a less demanding itinerary. However, you are advised to make arrangements for accommodation in advance as Summer Season is forecasted to be busier than usual this year.
First phase formed along the Cornish Coast Path.
Saturday 22nd May – Start at Morwenstow Church (Midday after cream tea).
Day 1 – Bude – The Globe Hotel/Campsites accessible from the coast path.
Day 2 – Crackington Haven/Boscastle
Day 3 – Port Isaac/Polzeath (Campsite)
Day 4 – Padstow (St Denis Campsite)
The Saints Way and Cornish Coast Path and Pentewan Tramroad between Mount Edgcumbe Hospice and Pentewan.
Day 5 – Lanlivery/Golant
Day 6 – Pentewen Campsite/Boswinger (campsite and YHA is a further 6 miles from here).
Roseland Coast and Cycle Route;
The Portreath Tramroad
Day 7 – Devoran/Carharrack (The Star Inn, Campsite, Vogue).
We will be walking the Gwennap Pilgrimage each month throughout the Summer and August Bank Holiday Sunday.
Re-join the Tramroad to Portreath; then join North Coast Footpath and St Michael’s Way to Carbis Bay/St Ives.
Day 9 – St Ives (Ayr Campsite)
The St Michaels Way
Day 10 – St Michaels Mount (Ayr Campsite)
Our traditional Pilgrim Route, which also provides passage for cyclists, is referred to as Cornwall’s Ancient and Modern Discovery Trail and can be found on the website below. It can also be purchased as a guide either from my website, Gwennap Pit Visitor Centre, Cornish Library, Redruth or Heartlands.
I hope to be walking the traditional Cornish Pilgrimage Trail at the end of the Summer for Cornwall Hospice Care when I will be promoting the charity and fundraising via the Justgiving Page and sponsor forms.
Next month’s walk along a new off-road (Walkers only!) trail via the coast, Saints Way, Portreath Tramroad and St Michaels Way is also a fundraising event. The main emphasis here will be to build a new route with walking guide and update the website with GPX maps/videos and overview. Each section of the route is comprised of individual waymarked trails; junctions and link routes will be marked by St Piran scallop shells or black & white tape. Please come along and join in. I will publish more campsites/hostels along the way for participants interested in doing the walk. Come along any time!
To sponsor my efforts and support Cornwall Hospice Care please make a donation below:
THE GWENNAP PILGRIMAGE
A charity walk will be arranged for August Bank Holiday and you can view our video of the Gwennap Section of the Cornish Pilgrimage on Facebook or at the websites.
This trail runs for 10 miles and is formed from the Gwennap section of the Cornish Pilgrimage where it follows tramways, quarries and woodland paths.
THE OUNDLE PILGRIMAGE
Created in 2010 to promote fundraising in Northamptonshire for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall. The charity is well and truly on the map now having raised thousands of pounds in the last decade. I also established fundraising jars at many locations inviting walkers throughout the year to make a contribution to the cause. It’s a bit like going to Santiago de Compostela and supporting the monasteries. All the money that people donate to the jars goes towards funding palliative care at the Peterborough Hospice.
In addition to promoting these walking trails we will be inviting the public to join us on a fundraising weekend of walking starting 14th August to support Thorpe Hall. On Saturday we hope to walk the Ancient Village and Church Trail (depending on which choice of route you opt for on the last section at Fotheringhay, the journey is between 14 and 18 miles). There will also be a couple of short walks (6-mile journeys) for those who require a shorter walk and there is a cycle route (40 miles) which covers the entire length of the original Pilgrimage Route which can be found on the website.
If walking on Sunday (optional), we recommend you try the Sue Ryder Trail which is also an excellent village route (18-23 miles depending whether you visit Islip). As well as the beautiful churches and Nene-dominated countryside, there are plenty of ‘pit stops’, in the form of olde worlde inns, to obtain refreshment.
To support Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall please make a donation at: