Setting out from home once the easing of Covid restrictions allowed, my 2021 pilgrimage took me to the ancient cathedral of St Albans in Hertfordshire. I then walked into central London and returned home, still on foot, via Reading, Swindon and the Bristol area.
My pilgrimage had something of a ‘Roman’ theme with Alban, together with Julian and Aaron of Caerleon (which I also visited), being the earliest recorded Christian martyrs in the history of England and Wales. Being executed in about 300 CE, their stories belong to the era before the legalisation of Christianity in the Roman Empire.
On a more contemporary note, as churches have increasingly been able to offer opportunities to worship ‘in person’, I was able to share in services reflecting a wide variety of traditions and in very different situations. Above all, an encouraging time in what are still very challenging circumstances for many of us.