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A 1-Day Pilgrimage from Ditchling Beacon to Lewes

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Ditchling Beacon Car Park

Brighton

BN1 8ZB

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A 1-day Pilgrimage from Ditchling Beacon to Lewes

Distance: 9 miles

Join us on the pilgrim’s path along the ridge of the South Downs, dotted with tumps and startling vistas, via:

Ditchling Beacon: This tall hall keeps watch over pilgrims heading eastwards, its flanks cloaked in grass and wildflowers.
Plumpton Plain: A wide expanse of green turf, Plumpton Plain is covered with tumuli and ditches dug by our ancestors.
Hamsey: An ancient church upon an island where King Alfred once oversaw the law of the land.
Lewes: A notoriously rebellious market town, known for a priory that was once one of the greatest spiritual centres in the South - this is a place with a certain spark!

A journey guaranteed to make you re-encounter Britain in new (and very old) ways.

Bring your own beliefs.

The Pilgrimage will include:

- New ways of meeting old Churches (bring your own beliefs!)
- Foraging wild plants for pilgrim teas, medicines and snacks
- Group pilgrim songs sung on the path
- Occasional barefoot walking
- Opportunities for silence
- Rediscovering your place in the British pilgrimage tradition
- Natural beauty and the wild places between the roads
- Holy and Historic sites of all kinds
- Keep-your-own Hazelwood staffs and gifts of silver for holy places

Travel

We will gather on Ditchling Beacon at 09.15 am on Saturday morning. For Londoners, there is a train from Victoria to Hassocks at 07:53 (arriving 09:04) - it’s then a quick, 10 minute taxi ride to Ditchling Beacon car park and a short walk up the hill. Train is the best way to travel to and from a pilgrimage, which starts and ends in different places, but driving is also an option if you return to the start point via train or taxi - parking in Ditchling Beacon car park.

The pilgrimage will end at Lewes Priory by 7pm. Trains run every 20 minutes back from Lewes to London until 22:42.

Your pilgrim guides

Guidance from Will and Guy - songful co-founders of the British Pilgrimage Trust. They offer traditions to help your pilgrimage come to life - including songs and stories, suggested pilgrim rituals, wild water drinking and foraged teas. They’ll lead you along a beautifully considered route with capable navigation. You will receive support when you need it, and space when you don't.

What to bring

A packed lunch; A pair of trusty walking boots; Waterproofs (if applicable); Waterbottle; Comfortable clothes and backpack.

Fundraising

All ticket fees fund the work of the British Pilgrimage Trust, a charitable trust which seeks to open up Britain's pilgrimage tradition in newly inclusive and exciting ways.

Our goal is to build routes that are open to everyone. But to raise the funds to achieve this, we run these fundraising weekend group events. We're not a business, we make no profit, we do not pay ourselves to run these weekend events, and we receive no central government funding. With the money we pay people to do things for the charity, like a web designer and a digital map-maker, and a videographer, and meetings with venues for low-cost pilgrim accommodation. Overall, organising these fundraisers serves multiple purposes, combining route research, fundraising, PR, and establishment of low-cost accommodation, all through a single weekend event.

FAQ’s

Who can come?
Anyone over 18 (or under 18 with parental guidance, bearing in mind the walking distance).
Is this religious?
All and no-faiths are equally welcome. We operate a “Bring Your Own Beliefs” policy. We ask that all participating pilgrims tolerate one another, whatever their beliefs.
Are there fitness limitations?
Pilgrimage is moderately intense. If you struggle to walk all day, this type of pilgrimage may be an unsuitable activity for you right now. There are always plenty of escape points en route where you can jump on a bus. But we will walk slowly, and start early, so we believe this is a very manageable distance for the majority of people.
Due to the stiles and off-road access along much of this route, unfortunately this pilgrimage is not suited for mobility-impaired people or those requiring wheelchair access. Sorry. We're working on good alternatives...
Do you have a concessionary rate?
If you are unable to pay our full rate, please get in touch with us and we'll see what we can do. We hope to make British pilgrimages accessible to everyone if we can.
Can I bring my dog?
Sadly not - we can’t accommodate dogs on our guided pilgrimages. However, if you have a registered assistance dog, they are welcome.

If you’re interested, book a ticket and come along. If you're unsure, book two tickets and bring a friend.

*If you are unable to pay our full rate, please email us at info@britishpilgrimage.org for a concessionary rate.

This pilgrimage is open to all. Bring your own beliefs.

We hope to see you on the path.

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Brighton

BN1 8ZB

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