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A 1-Day Pilgrimage from Icklesham to Rye

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All Saints and St Nicholas, Icklesham


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A 1-day Pilgrimage from Icklesham to Rye

Distance: 7 miles

Make Pilgrimage to the twin holy hill towns of East Sussex - Winchelsea and Rye.

Icklesham: encounter the deep peace of this church twinned with its ancient yew tree.
Pett Level Marshes: revel in the acoustic atmosphere of the rushes and marvel at the multitude of birds.
Winchelsea: walk through the ancient portal of New Gate into this holy hill town and be dazzled by the glorious stained glass of the parish church.
Rye: via Camber Castle see your destination of the Cathedral of Sussex rise in front of you, topping this cobbled town, then on arrival climb the church tower and panoramically survey the land.

Bring your own beliefs.

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

The Yew of Icklesham

This 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 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


We will gather at Icklesham Parish Church on Saturday morning at 09:30. For Londoners, there is a train from St Pancras to Three Oaks at 07:37 that arrives at 09:06. 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 Rye by 18:00. Then it’s a short taxi ride back to Icklesham, or a jolly drink in The George Pub. Trains run every hour, at 56 minutes past, back from Rye to London until 21:56.

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 carefully 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; Trusty walking footwear; Waterproofs (if applicable); Waterbottle; Comfortable clothes and backpack


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, a digital map-maker, 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.


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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