Celebrating 40 years of
‘Peregrinations from Here to There’
Activities that began in 1976 and from which grew
Pathways: Inspirational Development CIC.
Walking pilgrimage from Bishop’s Castle to Hereford Cathedral
13th – 17th April 2016
For precise route, see detailed maps at the bottom of this page
The pilgrimage celebrated the 40th anniversary of a walking pilgrimage tradition started when 90 local school students & parents & friends, as part of the 1300th anniversary celebrations of Hereford Diocese, walked from Bishop’s Castle to Hereford Cathedral. This began a tradition which has since created approx 60 similar pilgrimages. The link is to an indicative map outlining most of the pilgrimages.
There was a mild chaos as we approached Hereford and the Civic reception.
Relics were collected (egg shells, talcum powder, bandages), stories of the miraculous St Tambo were recorded and later a reliquary was created which was, at the start of pilgrimage 2 in 1977, blessed by Mervyn Charles-Edwards. These items still exist – stored safely in an under-stairs cupboard).
The tradition continued each year & developed.
the Community Interest Company organising this 40th pilgrimage,
was created in 1995
to further the concept of ‘development pilgrimage’ & has in the process of using ‘journeys’ as an educational method, built partnerships across Europe
The use of ‘creative journey’ has also led to international workshops based on the Welsh Border & in 2015 made a contribution to a Language & Culture Summer School for Chinese students at the University of Worcester. The courses are being increased in 2016.
The first pilgrimage created its own stories, & even its own saint – St Tambo.
The ‘acts’ of Saint Tambo were revealed to one of the junior members of the pilgrimage who then charismatically expressed his vision to the whole assembly of pilgrims during an evening at Burghill Primary School (being used as accommodation).
At the end of the pilgrimage the organisers were presented, by students, with a collection items they would, forever, associate with the walk – egg shells, blister pads, talcum powder & scraps of dried toast – all placed in a margarine tub.
Later a reliquary was created and dedicated as being the relics of St Tambo – and blessed by Mervyn Charles-Edwards at the start of the 2nd pilgrimage in 1977.
By further miraculous happenchance they have survived:
1980: Bishop’s Castle to St David’s c.150 miles
1985: Bishop’s Castle to Eglwys y Groes, Mwnt
A castle building competition at Aberporth:
1986: The Tenth Anniversary – and possibly the longest
There has been music
There are songs which automatically fit – most famous is Bunyan’s Pilgrim Song from the journey of Christiana in the second part of Pilgrim’s Progress: ‘Who would true valour see’
And one song – adapted in 1986, has been used on many pilgrimages since: commonly known as ‘Wondrous Love’.
Here is an 1854 version (the tune is in the middle stave):
The words written in 1986 are:
The tune is from a well used traditional melody and occurs in two nautical songs: Captain Kidd (hanged as a pirate) & Admiral Benbow (an Admiral from the late C17th born in Shrewsbury & possessed of an adventurous spirit that led to his untimely end)
The 2016 Route:
Between 13th & 17th April 2016 a walking pilgrimage from Bishop’s Castle to Hereford commemorated the original walk.
The route, included all the benefices in the Clun Deanery started north of Bishop’s Castle & passed through Clun (overnight on13th) , Bucknell, Leintwardine (overnight on 14th), Wigmore, Kingsland (overnight on 15th) & Canon Pyon (overnight on 16th).
The arrival included an informal celebratory finish.
A route with
- ‘views & insights’ into the physical, social, environmental & cultural heritage of the Middle March.
- day lengths that allow for explorations & reflective moments en route
- allowance for participation in short sections
- an unofficial start point north of Bishop’s Castle to include
– a Welsh element,
– the important physical variety of the local hills
– all Anglican benefices in Clun Forest Deanery
The final day had a morning walk arriving in Hereford for lunch, followed by Cathedral reception at 14.00
On arrival at Hereford Cathedral the pilgrimage was greeted by the Bishop of Hereford & Cathedral Dean.
The many pilgrimages since 1976 have each created what one pilgrim called a ‘temporary travelling community’. The April pilgrimage had self-catering, overnight accommodation in community halls & Kingsland Parish Church.
The Human Sculpted Landscape,
The pilgrimage route and daily and sectional distances were arranged to allow time for observe, reflect & absorb the manner in which people have reacted with the landscape. In particular, the way the hills in the northern section merge, through days 2 and 3 into the present intensely cultivated countryside of days 4 & 5. Apples, orchards and cider will be a major feature.
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Wednesday : April 13th Day 1
Morning 3.75 miles: Hyssington Parish Church dep: 10.00
Bishop’s Castle arr: 12.30
Afternoon 7.2 miles: Bishop’s Castle Parish Church: dep 13.30
Clun High Town Community Centre arr: 17.30
Thursday: April14th Day 2
Morning 7.5 miles: Clun: dep: 09.00
Bucknell arr: 13.00
Afternoon 4.7 miles: Bucknell dep: 14.00
Leintwardine Community Centre arr: 17.00
Friday: April 15th Day 3
Morning 7.85 miles: Leintwardine Community Centre: dep: 09.30
Aymestry arr: 13.00
Afternoon 3.75 miles: Aymestry dep: 14.00
Kingsland Parish Church arr: 16.30
Saturday: April 16th Day 4
Morning 6.25 miles: Kingsland Parish Church: dep: 09.30
Middle Hill/Upper Hill (Westhope Hill) arr: 12.30
Afternoon 3.5 miles: Westhope Hill: dep 13.30
Canon Pyon Village Hall arr: 16.00
Sunday: April 17th Day 5
Morning 7 miles: Canon Pyon: dep: 09.00 (Huntington pass: 12.00)
Hereford High Town arr: 13.00
Afternoon: Hereford High Town: dep 13.45
Hereford Cathedral arr: 14.00