Pilgrim Street – Contemporary Pilgrimage
Hello and welcome to Pilgrim Street!
Going on a journey to a significant place is important in many religions and cultures. Here at Pilgrim Street, I am working to explore pilgrimage in a contemporary setting in the British Isles, valuing the many ancient Christian sites in Britain and further afield and the traditions and rhythms of prayer that are fundamental to these very special places. However, at Pilgrim Street I also seek to re-interpret pilgrimage in the context of contemporary church life and Christian experience in an increasingly urbanised society.
What is distinctive about Pilgrim Street is that each year I walk on a pilgrimage which begins and ends at my home on the border of Wales and England in the Bannau Brycheiniog ( formerly the Brecon Beacons) National Park. From there, I have walked thousands of miles to ancient Christian sites not only in Wales and England but also further afield to Brittany, Ireland and the Isle of Man.
However, with so many wonderful places to visit, I also undertake what I call peregrinatio ( the old word for pilgrimage) in areas of the British Isles that are more distant from my home or to allow me to explore further in regions I have already visited. These routes are always contiguous with previous pilgrimages, allowing me to extend what I have done on an earlier walk.
My pilgrimages have enabled me to have the privilege of visiting many very interesting churches, chapels and cathedrals with all sorts of fascinating features. Some of these things, such as ancient hogsback stones and medieval roodscreens, are included in the ‘Visiting’ section of this website. There you can find a selection of my photos on various topics and some useful information.
Above all, my pilgrimages are contemporary prayer walks, seeking to combine greater understanding of the history of Christianity with the experience of living as a person of faith in modern-day Britain.
Autumn 2023 update:
Having completed this year’s pilgrimage to St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall, I am now finalising my third book. This will focus on forty very different places in Wales and beyond which could be described as ‘off the beaten track’ but which are all fascinating to discover and explore.
Meanwhile, in July of this year I was delighted to undertake a short ten-day pilgrimage in Herefordshire, not far from my home in south Wales. Early September also saw me walking from the historic cathedral city of Carlisle to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne in the far north-east of England.
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