Many people are inspired by the idea of going on a pilgrimage. TV series such as The Road to Rome and The Road to Santiago have shown that even the averagely unfit celeb can hobble through one. However, few of us have time for such long routes.
So what to do?Pilgrim Pathways has the answer: 20 answers in fact. The pilgrimages in this guidebook are achievable for people with limited time and busy lives. The book was inspired by the belief that pilgrimage - variously defined as a journey on foot to a place that is holy, important or special - should be open to all.
There are many ancient pilgrim paths in Britain, some long-forgotten but recently rediscovered, others well-established - but all of them are dauntingly long. Pilgrim Pathways offers routes inspired by the very best of them, distilled into walks that can be accomplished comfortably in two days. There are many one-day options.
In pilgrimage, the journey itself is as important as the destination. Hence, these routes take in Britain's most inspiring landscapes and most powerfully spiritual places. They feature cathedrals, ancient monasteries and churches, holy wells, wayside crosses, and other places of veneration: places that have paid mute witness to millennia of prayer - including Avebury, Glastonbury, Lindisfarne, Canterbury, St David's.
The book includes pilgrimages in London, Sussex, Kent, Wiltshire, Cornwall, on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset, in Essex, East Anglia, Shropshire, in Pembrokeshire and Snowdonia in Wales and in the Scottish Borders, Iona and Fife. 20 selected walks through the spiritual landscape of Britain - how to be a weekend pilgrimLarger format (210mm x 150mm), full colour guide - each walk described and fully illustrated with over 120 photosDownloadable practical information - step-by-step route instructions, public transport information, places to eat and places to stay (for two-day walks) is included on the dedicated webpages linked via a code in the book. Also included is a downloadable gpx file for use on smartphone based mapping and GPS units.