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A 1-Day Pilgrimage from Emsworth to Kingley Vale

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Greenhouse Cafe

Frobisher Gardens

Emsworth

PO10 7AS

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A 1-day Pilgrimage from Emsworth to Kingley Vale

Distance: 12 miles

Make Pilgrimage to Kingley Vale, the evergreen heart of the South Downs, via:

Hermitage, Emsworth: We start where the River Ems meets the sea.
St John the Baptist, Westbourne: Church dating from 13th century, with the oldest avenue of yew trees in the UK leading up to the church.
Source of River Ems: We meet the pond where the River Ems first wells up.
Stoughton: An idyllic village graced by an early Norman church.
Devil’s Humps and Kingley Vale: A hidden landscape of ancient burial places and forgotten temples, watched over by one of Europe’s last remaining ancient Yew forests.

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

Bring your own beliefs.

Nearing the source of River Ems

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
- 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 at Greenhouse Cafe, Emsworth on Sunday morning at 10am. For Londoners, there is a train from Waterloo to Havant at 08:30 (arriving 09:52) - it’s then a 10-min taxi to the Cafe. 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.

The pilgrimage will end at Kingley Vale 'Ancient Watchers' by 7.30pm. Taxis will then be organised back to Havant or Chichester train stations. Trains run 50 and 07 past the hour back from Havant to London, with the last leaving at 22:50.

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; 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 registered charity 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.

Pilgrim Staffs, Stoughton Church

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 look forward to seeing you on the path.

Stoughton Valley


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