‘When England returns to Walsingham, Our Lady will return to England' Pope Leo XIII
Our pilgrimage starts at the church of Our Lady of the Annunciation, which contains the beautiful little Pontifical Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham that predates the restored Slipper Chapel at Walsingham. The route follows quiet tracks and lanes, crossing farmland and passing through woods, meadows and commons, and we pass the historic remains of a medieval church. We will walk along Peddars Way, which follows the route of a Roman road which provides stunning views of Norfolk.
On the last day, we will join the Day pilgrims on the Society's Holy Mile Procession which walks the last mile of the Medieval Pilgrimage route. Traditionally, this stage is done barefoot whilst praying the Holy Rosary. The pilgrimage will conclude with the Holy Mass at The Abbey Grounds.
This pilgrimage is for people with a good level of fitness and general walking experience. The terrain is varied, but is generally flat or with gentle gradients. The tracks are rugged and requires sturdy footwear. The walking pace will be brisk over a long sustained distance. The pilgrimage is 37 miles over 1.5 days.