The Buckfast Millennium Pilgrimage 2018

Day 15: Ashburton to Buckfast Abbey & Celebration

We have an early start and a short, varied walk on our final approach to Buckfast. There is some road walking as we leave Ashburton to cross the River Dart at Holne Bridge. Then there are scenic views as we climb to the second highest point on this year's pilgrimage and our final descent takes us through Hembury Woods, briefly following the River Dart, and on to Buckfast Abbey We arrive just in time for one of the main events of the abbey's Millennium Year: the mass of the Feast of Dedication of the Abbey. It's ticket-only but we are invited and to the lunch too! So begins an afternoon and evening of celebration.


Pilgrimage Newsfeed - Day 15


A breakfast scene John Chenery


Front markers on last day. Geoffrey Simmins


Leaving St Andrew's Church Hall, Ashburton John Chenery


River Dart at Holne Bridge. Maurice Hickman


Buckfast beckons Adilz, Fred (KWLWG)


Cheers! The last drinks stop before Buckfast Abbey. Thanks, Clare! Deirdre


River Dart near Buckfast Maurice Hickman


My fellow backmarkers Louise and Nick encounter dog walkers beside the River Dart John Chenery


Sarah taking a photo of the lovely wild cyclamen on the last stretch into Buckfast. Deirdre


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A small breakaway group went the shortest way from Ashburton to Buckfast instead of the windy pilgrimage route we had chosen - so they arrived via the main entrance here unlike the main party. Lawrence Doyle


Pilgrimage - Salisbury Cathedral to Buckfast Lawrence Doyle


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We have arrived! John Chenery


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Pilgrims gathering at the entrance to Buckfast Abbey for a formal arrival picture. Maurice Hickman


Pilgrimage - Salisbury Cathedral to Buckfast Lawrence Doyle


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Gathering to process in to buckfast Abbey Adilz, Fred (KWLWG)


Processing in behind our banner, singing (unaccompanied as instruments would have been an unwanted encumbrance in the abbey). John Chenery


Gathering half an hour early in our seats for the big mass at 12 noon Lawrence Doyle


John taking photos of his dog Amazon Team UK


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Jonty Dog is in Buckfast Abbey with for the abbey millennium celebration mass. John Chenery


We are in the lady chapel John Chenery


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The Blessed Sacrament Chapel Lawrence Doyle


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Stained glass window in the abbey Blessed Sacrament Chapel Maurice Hickman


Wonderful service: The new shall be greater than the old. Adilz, Fred (KWLWG)


Like the rest of the congregation, after mass we partook of a splendid buffet John Chenery


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The abbot visiting us at our lunch. Maurice Hickman


Father Tony in conversation with the abbot Maurice Hickman


Abbot and Father Tony in happy mood. Maurice Hickman


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Another monk is visiting. John Chenery


Geoffrey helping Sarah with her smartphone Amazon Team UK


At Buckfast we are staying in Grangehurst House which has small rooms with beds! View from my room. John Chenery


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Pilgrim luxury! A bed at Buckfast after 2 weeks on the floor. Deirdre


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Buckfast Abbey in the early evening. Maurice Hickman


The dream team of Deirdre, Ceri and Jim serving the Celebration Meal John Chenery


Starting to tuck into dessert John Chenery


Even on celebration night, pilgrim washing up must go on John Chenery


Louise leads "Mud Mud Glorious Mud" John Chenery