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