Pilgrimage has been a part of Ripon’s history since Anglo Saxon times – St Wilfrid built the cathedral’s crypt (the oldest part of any English cathedral) so that pilgrims could pass through it as part of their journey.
Walking gives us the opportunity to encounter the beauty of God’s creation and to find companionship in one another and to that end our popular summer pilgrimages are back this year, led by our curate Rev Caitlin Carmichael-Davies.
The short walks wind their way through the beautiful countryside which surrounds Ripon. Each pilgrimage will be approximately six to eight miles and we will stop for refreshments and a packed lunch en route.
The details are as follows:
Saturday 29th June — Pilgrimage of Contemplation
This pilgrimage will start at 10am from Fountains Abbey West Gate. As we walk through the countryside surrounding this Cistercian monastery, prayers for peace and contemplation will be offered. The route will take us past Fountain’s hall and Spa Gill, pausing at the beautiful Church of St Lawrence, Aldfield, which is virtually unaltered since the 18th Century and St Mary’s Church; one of the finest examples of High Victorian Gothic Revival architecture in England.
Saturday 20th July — Pilgrimage of Creation
This pilgrimage will start at 10am at Copgrove Parish church, with an opportunity to see the ancient fertility stone and healing well. It will then wind across fields and lanes to Burton Leonard before heading back across the old quarries — now a beautiful nature reserve. This is an opportunity to reflect on the wonder of creation, and our role in sustaining it.
17th August — Pilgrimage of Reconciliation
This pilgrimage will start at 10am from Jervaulx Abbey. We will walk through the spectacular scenery of the Dales to the ancient Church of St Oswald which, like Ripon Cathedral, has an Anglo-Saxon foundation. Remembering the Pilgrimage of Grace, of which Jervaulx abbey was a part, and the religious divisions of English history, we will pray for Christian unity and religious tolerance.
The pilgrimages will start at 10am and there will be lifts available from the West End of the Cathedral from 9.30am. To sign up or to receive details of routes and lifts, please speak to Rev Caitlin, sign up at the back of church, or contact her on email@example.com/07377657391.