The Buckfast Millennium Pilgrimage 2019

Day 15: Goathland to Whitby

This is a picturesque walk mainly along the Esk Valley Walk and St Hilda's Way. We set out from Goathland - home to the TV series "Heartbeat" and a station on the steam-operated North Yorkshire Moo's Railway line which was used as Harry Potter's Hogsmeade Station - and head for Beck Hole. This very small village is home to the legendary dragon-like Worm who would live off cattle, sheep and of course beautiful maidens until Roland the Danish Warrior killed it. Later we pass Priory Farm where once stood Grandmontine Priory c1200 (one of three founded in the UK). From here look out for the Stone Pannierway called the "Monk's Trod" and imagine the Priory monks trudging back and forth along these flagstones to Whitby Abbey. As we enter the outskirts of Whitby, Look out for views of the Abbey Ruins and St Mary's Church - of Dracula fame. We descend to the harbour quayside and walk past the Station and on to St Hilda's Catholic Church for our last Prayer Stop where we light candles in thanksgiving and for family and friends back home. After a rest in our hall, the Brunswick Centre, we set off again and process together up the 199 steps with our banner and singing our Pilgrim hymns, passing Caedmon's Cross and into St Mary's Church for our Arrival Service. The Church is next to the Abbey Ruins so please be aware of marauding Vikings who will be camping on the Abbey Plains!

Pilgrimage Newsfeed - Day 15

Goathland village hall hbuxton

Early morning relaxing Goathland "goats" Amazon Team UK

Early morning goathland ,sheep neighbourhood watch. Amazon Team UK

Van almost loaded at the Village Hall John Chenery

"Ubique Bah Bah" in Goathland where the TV series Heartbeat was filmed John Chenery

back to the community hub for breakfast John Chenery

Gearing up to go on the last day!

Gills birthday Goathland hbuxton

Front markers leaving hbuxton

Hungry last day walkers hbuxton

Howard thinking,walk,bus,train,?. Amazon Team UK

Setting off hbuxton

Leaving hbuxton

Very small pub but closed hbuxton

Back of Bruce. Geoff on seat .way at rear hbuxton

Whitby steam train hbuxton

First view of Eskdale John Chenery

Grosmont Station John Chenery

St Matthew, Grosmont John Chenery

In St Matthew's. Francis spoke of the geopolitical significance of the Synod of Whitby. John Chenery

Illegal coffee stop - will the backmarkers wait? hbuxton

Monks Trod stones to Whitby hbuxton

Look closely and you can see a train on the Esk Valley line heading for Whitby John Chenery

Bernie on old Fordson hbuxton

Sleights Methodist Church John Chenery

Sue with her young accessory demonstrating a brand new shining pilgrim's armour Polish Pilgrims

Sue continuesto dress Piotr with the armour of God, here the helmet of salvation John Chenery

River Esk John Chenery

The Salmon Leap, Sleights John Chenery

Birthday cuppa at Sleights Methodist Church

Lunch stop station hbuxton

Steam train from pub garden John Chenery

In the garden of the Salmon Leap John Chenery

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One of many stretches today of the Monks' Trod John Chenery

Nearly there John Chenery

Closing in on Whitby Abbey Louise

The porch of St Hilda's RC Church, Whitby John Chenery

St Hilda's RC Church, Whitby John Chenery

St Hilda and friends John Chenery

Pilgrims prayed and placed a lit candle for their home churches John Chenery

St Hilda's RC Church John Chenery

Gathering ... John Chenery

gathering ... John Chenery

Processing up the 199 steps to St Mary's, Whitby, Sue and Louise playing their guitars John Chenery

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Arrival Service in St Mary's : Nick prays for the communities of day 13 John Chenery

and lights a candle John Chenery

View from St Mary's John Chenery

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St Mary, Whitby John Chenery

Whitby Abbey: we were not allowed to enter the Abbey grounds as they were occupied by Vikings over the weekend! John Chenery

Celebration Meal in the Brunswick Centre, Whitby John Chenery

Coordinator Chris at the Celebration Meal John Chenery

Men at work - after delicious dinner in Whitby

John finding his bet on Palace winning the Premiership after 2-1 win at Man U Amazon Team UK