New project creates pilgrimage routes for every Church of England cathedral

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The project, to mark 2020 Year of Cathedrals, Year of Pilgrimage, will ensure there is a pilgrimage route for every Church of England cathedral taking in established wayfarer routes, other places of faith, spiritual pathways and lesser known pilgrim ways.

Each cathedral will have a route available to its visitors, offering one day options to two weeks and beyond in some cases.

 

Most routes, such as the 35-mile St Alban Pilgrim Way from St Paul’s Cathedral that opened in June, offer “green” public transport options to make them more environmentally sustainable.

Dr Guy Hayward of the British Pilgrimage Trust was inspired to do the project as 2020 brings together a number of individual cathedral anniversaries, from the 850th anniversary of Becket at Canterbury to the 80th anniversary of the bombing of Coventry]

Next year also see a number of new pilgrimage routes opened and established including the Northern Saints Trails that explores the North East as the Christian crossroads of the British Isles.

Dr Howard said: “This project is about creating a whole new way of engaging with cathedrals for everyone, whether or not they have been into a cathedral before.

“It turns cathedrals into more than just tourist places by turning tourists into visitors and visitors into pilgrims.

“And cathedrals are, in some way, holy magnets: they draw you towards them, most…

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