Ecumenical Walking Pilgrimage

Journeying together since 1975

The Arundel & Brighton Ecumenical Walking Pilgrimage began in March 1975 with 32 pilgrims journeying more than 240 miles together in faith. It has continued ever since as an annual event, with pilgrims of all ages and various Christian denominations walking to a cathedral city, sacred shrine, or place of religious interest.

“Bluebells and wildlife were enjoyed along the way, with spectacular views…. We
were warmly sent off in Guildford and equally warmly welcomed with Mass and tea
at Arundel.”

A Pilgrim, 2019

Growing in faith, together

We begin and end each day in prayer, with opportunity most days to celebrate the Eucharist throughout the pilgrimage, joining together in Catholic Mass and Anglican or non-conformist services, depending where we are staying. The Ecumenical nature of our pilgrimage means that we grow in faith, together.

“Led by a samba band, pilgrims walked through woodland and over scorching
Downs to Upper Beeding Convent, where they were welcomed.”

A Pilgrim, 2015

Walking with us

The pilgrimage is open to people of all ages with people invited to join us for the day, several days, or the duration of the journey. Everyone is welcome, though attendees need to have a reasonable level of physical fitness - our group aims to walk about 15 miles a day, travelling along footpaths and not roads, wherever possible. We enjoy pub lunches and opportunities to eat out, while spending our nights camping inside on the floors of school halls and churches.

Join our Swansea to Hereford 2022 Pilgrimage

We are walking from Swansea to Hereford this summer! The pilgrimage is dedicated to St Thomas and will take place Saturday 13 to Sunday 28 August, with an opportunity to meet again in the autumn for a Reunion Day Walk. To find out more or book your place please click below.