FIRST AID COURSE Saturday 23 July 2022 at 09.30 St Ann’s RC Church Hall, Brighton Road, Banstead, Surrey, SM7 1BS

We are looking for Pilgrims who walk with us each year to volunteer as First Aiders. This is a recognised course and will take up to 6 hours to complete. Our trainer is Brendan who has joined us on Pilgrimages in the past and has very kindly offered to waive his fee. He will taylor the course specifically to our needs. Certificates will be awarded on completion of the course.

Please bring a packed lunch. Tea and Coffee will be provided.

Please let me know if you are interested as soon as possible by emailing me at

I look forward to hearing from you.



St Thomas Pilgrimage

New Closing Date for receipt of St Thomas Pilgrimage Booking Forms

Please send your Booking Forms to reach us by the extended date of 22nd July latest. The pilgrimage will be closed on 23rd July to give us the minimum time to finalise preparations. Joining instructions will be sent out to you before your journey.

Our Accommodation

This year, in our pilgrimage from Swansea to Hereford, we travel through Welsh and English towns and villages that have limited accommodation. At some locations we have two venues for overnight accommodation for our usual numbers of pilgrims.

As we congregate overnight we will be observing good practices in social distancing, using available ventilation and with more personal space allocated for sleeping.


When you arrive at Registration, please bring with you a printed copy of your NHS COVID Pass or equivalent to show you have had the vaccine Dose 3 (Booster), or recognised equivalent. The NHS Pass can be downloaded to your phone/computer and printed.

Both Wales and England have removed COVID-19 restrictions, but other travel restrictions may apply to those from overseas.

“Pop a mask and test kit in your bag”

Please remember that masks are still recommended in certain crowded, enclosed spaces, e.g. some churches, shops and healthcare settings.

We hope to welcome you all to Swansea, or wherever you choose to join us along the way.

Wishing you a Happy Pilgrimage,



St Thomas Way Pilgrimage – Schedule Change – Rest Day Moved

Please note, that owing to an enforced change of our accommodation bookings, the first rest day of the St Thomas Way Pilgrimage will now be in St Athan not Cardiff i.e. we will be staying 2 nights in St Athan and only 1 night in Cardiff. The revised schedule is:

Day 1 Sat Aug 13 Travel to Swansea and Induction

Day 2 Sun Aug 14 Swansea to Port Talbot

Day 3 Mon Aug 15 Port Talbot to St Brides Major

Day 4 Tue Aug 16 St Brides Major to St Athan

Day 5 Wed Aug 17 Rest Day in St Athan

Day 6 Thu Aug 18 St Athan to Cardiff

Day 7 Fri Aug 19 Cardiff to Caerphilly

Day 8 Sat Aug 20 Caerphilly to Newport

Day 9 Sun Aug 21 Newport to Usk

Day 10 Mon Aug 22 Usk to Abergavenny

Day 11  Tue Aug 23 Rest Day in Abergavenny

Day 12  Wed Aug 24 Abergavenny to Longtown

Day 13 Thu Aug 25 Longtown to Ewyas Harold

Day 14 Fri Aug 26 Ewyas Harold to Hereford

Day 15 Sat Aug 27 Celebration Day in Hereford

Day 16 Sun Aug 28 Journey Home

Mini Pilgrimage – Final Details and Diary

We now have a diary page for the mini pilgrimage at

This page includes the itinerary (on the right hand side) and, at the foot of each day, within the “Walk Stats”, you will find a link to download the GPX file if you want to follow the route on your GPS device or compatible phone.

The diary is still empty (apart from some test photos!) and will remain so until participating pilgrims post content. If you are participating, that means YOU! There are 3 ways to submit content:

  1. Using Twitter, tweet a photo and a descriptive text (keep it short!) and mention @Pilgrimage2012.
  2. Go to and follow the instructions. You’ll need a password which will be shared verbally.
  3. Send an e-mail to deardiary at with a photo attached and the caption in the subject line. Photos submitted this way may not appear in the diary until later in the day.

For those not participating, the diary should start to be populated once we gather on Friday evening / start walking on Saturday.

2022 Pilgrimage Booking Information

Here you will find the direct links to the publicity material and booking forms for this year’s pilgrimages that David introduced in his recent post..

St Thomas’ Pilgrimage
Swansea to Hereford
13th-28th August 2022

Background: Much to be thankful for


Booking Form

Medical Form

3-Day Mini Pilgrimage
29th April – 2nd May 2022

Considering joining the pilgrimage next summer? There’ll be another taster pilgrimage in Spring 2022.

Outline Route Information


Booking Form

Medical Form

Jane Potter RIP

We are saddened to report the death of Jane Potter, wife of Mark who has walked with us in recent years and sister of pilgrims Clare Gamble, Mary Yeomans and Imelda Simons. Jane was a “pop-in” pilgrim especially since Mark started walking with us, and would have met many pilgrims over the years.

Jane was diagnosed with advanced cancer in December last, but died in March from an infection following surgery to remove the cancer.

Jane’s funeral, a Requiem Mass, will be on Tues 3rd May at 10.00am at St Dunstan’s Church, Shaftesbury Road, Woking GU22 7DT. Family flowers only. A Tribute / donations page will be set up for The Fountain Centre or Survive-Miva via Woking Funeral Service. Only coloured ties at the funeral, as Jane did not like black ones! The Mass will be live-streamed for those unable to travel. See

We send our prayers and condolences to Jane’s family, not forgetting son Christopher. May she rest in peace.


To view the Summary and Route Cards for our Mini Pilgrimage 29th April to 2nd May – Arundel Cathedral to Guildford Cathedral please click on the links below:


Route Cards

  • Day 1 – 29th April  Arundel Arrival
  • Day 2 – 30th April  Arundel to Duncton
  • Day 3 – 1st May  Duncton to Chiddingfold 
  • Day 4 – 2nd May Chiddingfold to Guildford

Come and Join Us for a Day!

Pilgrims are undertaking a mini-pilgrimage from Arundel Cathedral to Guildford Cathedral. Most will be coming with us all the way, a total walking distance of about 40 miles. Anyone is welcome to come along and join us just for a day, or for part of a day. See the outline in the Summary and Route Card links above for where you can join us. Come along and be a pilgrim for a day! Just turn up wearing some strong walking boots or shoes, and bring rainwear and some sandwiches; or why not pre-book early a lunch at the pub listed on the Route Cards? You will be very welcome. Click below for More Details:

More details

Mini-Pilgrimage 29th April – 2nd May 2022

there is not much time left so PLEASE BOOK IN NOW

Dear Pilgrims,

Following Covid, many pubs have had last minute cancellations and no-shows and have imposed stricter requirements for groups visiting.  The pubs that are hosting our lunch breaks on the Mini Pilgrimage all require pre-orders for food.  When you have booked to join the Mini Pilgrimage, the pub menus will be circulated to you to make food choices.  The lists of pre-ordered food will then be sent to the pubs on the no-later-than dates below (note as pubs will be busy any last minute orders will go to the bottom of their list and will not be prepared until all pub bookings have been catered for). 
Whilst it is not essential to buy pub food, please note that your own food should be eaten off the pub premises. Pubs are usually flexible if pilgrims just want drinks.

George & Dragon at Houghton, Sat 30th April  Your pre-ordered food is required by the pub no later than Sat 16th April. Our meals will be served altogether at the set time of 12.45pm in the Function Room which has been reserved for us.   Please indicate any dietary intolerances of food allergies when ordering.

Noah’s Ark at Lurgashall, Sun 1st May Your pre-ordered food is required by the pub no later than Tues 26th April. Our meals will be served at a reserved table in the Beer Garden Tent.   Please indicate any dietary intolerances or food allergies when ordering.  There is a nearby village green and church for those who wish to consume their own sandwiches.

Wheatsheaf at Bramley, Mon 2nd May Your pre-ordered food is required by the pub no later than Mon 25th April. The pub is hosting a special lunch time celebration BBQ for us (1hour 30mins).  They especially have asked for pre-orders for vegetarian meals and from those with dietary intolerances or food allergies.

New Mapping of Old Pilgrimages

Some years ago we started pulling together information on our past pilgrimages and sharing it online. Part of this was to answer a question about where we had visited most often (Arundel Cathedral was the obvious answer). That gave us a list of all the “waypoints” with their grid references, so why not display them on a map?

We created a mapping page, adding the historic pilgrimages to it and then adding each new pilgrimages after the event, but technology moved on and our solution recently stopped working. Rather than try another sticking plaster on the old code I decided to look at a whole new way of managing the data and generating the maps.

You don’t need to know all the gory technical details (but I’ll add them add the end for the geeks), but you can see the results at

When the page opens you should see England and Wales with a lot of black dots (places we’ve visited) and coloured lines (the routes we’ve walked). As you zoom in the black dots will split , ultimately into individual locations, and as you zoom out they merge again.

At the top left of the map there are buttons to zoom in and out and a measuring tool (though you can zoom with the mouse wheel or your fingers, depending on your device). Top right there’s a button: it might look like a sandwich but it represents layers and allows you to choose what you see on the map. By default all pilgrimages are shown with the stops (black dots) on top.

Clicking on a black dot should display information on the location and the year(s) we visited it. Clicking on a route line should show the name of the pilgrimage and a link to its diary (and maybe which day it was). However, we’ve found clicking to get info a bit hit-and-miss – it probably works best if you deselect most of the pilgrimages and concentrate on those that are relevant..

You’ll notice the early pilgrimages (1975 to 2006) join the dots with straight lines, but from 2007 we’ve used the detailed routes. A good example is the penultimate day of the two St David’s Pilgrimages between Nolton Haven and Solva: the 2010 route follows the coast but the 1992 route walks on water across the bay!

We’ve also found that some of the grid references (often done by eye from a paper map) are a bit off (Some aren’t even on the detailed route!). I’m fixing some of them in slow time. If you find any real howlers let me know and I’ll prioritise those.

Finally, I found an interesting use for the maps this weekend: I’d been out for a cycle ride on the south side of the South Downs, stopping (as is my habit) at churches I passed. Comparing with the pilgrimage maps I found that 4 of these we’d visited on the pilgrimage: Chalton (1982), Blendworth (1982 and 1989), Up Marden (1989) and East Marden (1989) and could compare the photos in our diaries with the current day, but mostly feel a connection to the pilgrimage.

Hope some of you find this of interest.

The technical stuff:

  • Data managed in QGIS
  • Published to web using qgis2web plugin
  • Routes manipulated in Anquet’s Outdoor Map Navigator
  • used to iron out inconsistencies in GPX files
  • GPSUtility used to divide long tracks into individual days
  • Original waypoint list in Excel, lat/lon added in PHP and saved to MySQL (the old solution), then exported back to Excel again

Welcome back!

Bookings are open for 2022 Ecumenical Pilgrimages

We are inviting you to join one or both of our Ecumenical pilgrimages for this year, as we begin the return to the familiar residential status and walks with overnight sleeping and meals. You will again be welcome to join us for the whole pilgrimage, or maybe several days or just for the day?

Arundel to Guildford UK
‘An Invitation to Pilgrimage’
3-Day Mini Pilgrimage
29th April – 2nd May 2022

St Thomas Way Pilgrimage
‘Walking in a Spirit of thankfulness’
Swansea to Hereford UK
13th-28th August 2022

Booking Forms will be found on our Home page. Places are limited so please book early.

Further details will be found here on Pilgrims Live! and soon also on the Diocesan website Catholic Diocese of Arundel & Brighton. Look out for posters in parishes too.

Last August we managed the Old Way Pilgrimage 2021 Southampton-Rye with non-residential day walks. We met many old friends for the first time since The St Hilda’s Pilgrimage 2019, and made new friends too along the Old Way.

We hope to welcome you all again soon.


David Fletcher
DABEWP Coordinator