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How I plan a pilgrimage walk

How I work out the route taken medieval pilgrims.

Firstly, my initial research has confirmed that pilgrims walked from A to B; be it a holy place or shrine in medieval times. I often visit the site to see what I can find on the ground. Often I cycle between the two points to get a general feel of the area and see what lies between. Then I do more research into the places along the route - the churches, historical buildings, religious ruins and names on the map.

Wherever possible I use public rights of way and use roads/lanes as a link to the footpaths.

I am notme when I walk


I am not me when I walk by Revd.John N. Merrill



This may, at first glance, seem strange and almost nonsensical, but it is real. I have realised for a long time that a great change occurs when I put my boots and rucksack on and go for a long walk. I don't just look for it or wonder what will happen, it just does; I am transformed. The immediate everyday life disappears and a new wondrous life comes into being. For a long while I ignored the signs and what was happening, now I take note and simply am in awe of the magic that occurs.

I AM NOT ME WHEN I WALK


I am not me when I walk by Revd.John N. Merrill



This may, at first glance, seem strange and almost nonsensical, but it is real. I have realised for a long time that a great change occurs when I put my boots and rucksack on and go for a long walk. I don't just look for it or wonder what will happen, it just does; I am transformed. The immediate everyday life disappears and a new wondrous life comes into being. For a long while I ignored the signs and what was happening, now I take note and simply am in awe of the magic that occurs.

Margaret Thatchers Funeral

Yesterday joined the crowds to watch the funeral cortege of Baroness Margaret Thatcher. A very moving occasion, watching history in the making. A fitting tribute to a Great Britain, who despite the division did much for our country. Later joined the TV and photographers , protestors and John Snow of Channel 4 News at Ludgate Circus. A massive police operation but the cost was nothing incomparison to the goodwill and publicity that shows the world what a great country we live in....we did it right!

My Easter Weekend

Been a very enjoyable Easter.
First I went on Good Friday to Trafalgar Square to watch the Christs Passion performed by the Wintershall players. Quite amazing and worth standing in the cold for 2 1/2 hours!
Then on Saturday went to Guildford and visited the catherdal - the first to be built in England since the reformation. Then did a 18 mile waly along the Wey Navigation to Wintersall where they do outside plays of Christ in the summer, and then back to Guildford - a lovely sunny but cold day.
On Easter Monday went to Longfield, near Dartford, to do an 8 mile walk to several Norman churches and in the final stages came to my ultimate goal, Our Lady of Hartley church.
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