The Buckfast Millennium Pilgrimage 2018

Day 9: Bridport to Lyme Regis

Today's highlight is a visit to the shrine of St Wite at Whitchurch Canonicorum, where the saint's relics have survived intact in the church of St Candida and Holy Cross. The day starts with an easy stroll heading south west down to the coast at West Bay, where we stop for prayers at St John's Church. We then follow the South West Coast path up and down, with a steep ascent to Golden Cap, the highest point on the South coast. We leave the coast and head north, stopping at St Wite's Well for DIY prayers for healing and sprinkle ourselves with holy water from the spring. We cross a busy stretch of the A35 and climb to the prayer stop in St Candida & Holy Cross Church. After prayers we lunch either at the Five Bells Inn or we eat our packed lunch in the church grounds. We then follow the River Char down to Charmouth for a Sunday afternoon Anglican Eucharist at St Andrew's Church before the final climb up and then down to Lyme Regis.


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Bridport United Church Lawrence Doyle


Alpaca looking very cute Maurice Hickman


Lawrence Doyle


St John's, West Bay is still helpfully labelled in in 2018 (see the 1980 diary) John Chenery


Fr Tony leads our prayer stop John Chenery


After prayers at West Bay some had coffee but most just waited. Maurice Hickman


West Bay John Chenery


Caught the frontmarkers already John Chenery


Main window St. John's West Bay nr. Bridport. claregamble


Model exhibition in John's church. claregamble


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Stained glass in St John's church. claregamble


Altar in St John's church. claregamble


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Font in St John's church. claregamble


The one before Golden Cap John Chenery


Resting pilgrims John Chenery


View the other way and here comes Maurice ... John Chenery


Pilgrims enjoying a break Maurice Hickman


En route to Golden Cap Maurice Hickman


Making our way to Golden Cap John Chenery


Looking down to Seatown and up to Golden Cap Maurice Hickman


Picturesque but precarious fenceless pasture on the way to Golden Cap pilgrimage2012 Deirdre


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View to the rear on the approach to the summit of Golden Cap Maurice Hickman


View to the rear on the approach to the summit of Golden Cap Maurice Hickman


Pausing before the final ascent to the highest point on the coast of southern England John Chenery


Close up view of Golden Cap Maurice Hickman


Sue at the summit of Golden Cap John Chenery


Chris and Fr Tony at the summit of Golden Cap John Chenery


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Pilgrim resting on Golden Cap Maurice Hickman


Looking back, on the way to Golden Cap Deirdre


The trig point at the top of Golden Cap Lawrence Doyle


Larry (Lawrence) himself, at the top of Golden Cap Lawrence Doyle


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Perfect conditions up here John Chenery


View from the summit of Golden Cap Maurice Hickman


Me (see the 1996 diary for a photo I took of pilgrims at this spot then) John Chenery


St. Gabriel’s Church Maurice Hickman


Louise leaving the ruins of St Gabriel's church John Chenery


Plaque at St. Wite’s Well Maurice Hickman


St Wite's Well, a healing spring John Chenery


St. Wite’s Shrine in the Church of St. Candida and the Holy Cross in Whitchurch Canonicorum. This is one of only 2 churches in England (the other is Westminster Abbey) to have the relics of a saint still in their original casket (most were destroyed or moved at the time of the Reformation). Maurice Hickman


Leaving St Candida and Holy Cross. (St Candida aka St Wite) John Chenery


Malcolm and Nick in the pub garden John Chenery


Only the backmarkers remain at the Five Bells, Whitchurch Canonicorum John Chenery


Pilgrims at the Five Bells Inn in Whitchurch Canonicorum. This is a wonderful Palmer’s house. Maurice Hickman


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in St Andrew's Charmouth for our Sunday Afternoon Anglican Eucharist. John Chenery


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Leaving St Andrew's, Charmouth John Chenery


In the hall: the Hub in Lyme Regis. nor2747


Yesterday's frontmarker Mike was only with us for the day but left us beer! John Chenery