£50 – £60

A Day Pilgrimage around the Vale of the White Horse

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National Trust Car Park, Uffington Castle

Dragon Hill Road

Woolstone

SN7 7QN

United Kingdom

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The Vale of the White Horse is one of Britain's great prehistoric outdoor pilgrim places. Walk it with the British Pilgrimage Trust.

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Walk with BPT co-founder Guy Hayward and Vale of the White Horse lore specialist Chris Park and landscape architect and author Kim Wilkie to discover and experience Uffington's pilgrim landscape. This 6-mile walking route draws together Pagan and Christian holy places.

Journey back to a different way of being human. This is prime Ridgeway landscape and once a centre of prehistoric ritual practice. On this day, you will visit a great hill fort of festivity, Uffington Castle; the place where George killed the Dragon, Dragon Hill; the hidden forest wells that feed Woolstone village; the Norman church of All Saints, Woolstone in the time of All Saints/Samhain; and the quaint Vale of the White Horse church at Compton Beauchamp. Then it's back up to the Ridgeway to visit one of the most magnificent long barrows in Britain, Waylands Smithy, forged by the great blacksmith Wayland, where we will remember our ancestors, as has been done before us in this place, especially at this time of year. Finally, we traverse the Ridgeway back to where we started, Uffington Castle.

This Pilgrimage will include:

- New ways of meeting holy places (bring your own beliefs!)

- Pilgrim songs on the path

- Opportunities for silence

- Rediscovering your place in the British pilgrimage tradition

- Natural beauty and wild places

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.

FAQ’s

What are the COVID restrictions? Please read our guidance here.

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. But we will walk slowly, and start early, giving us time to walk the distance. Unfortunately this pilgrimage is not suited for mobility-impaired people or those requiring wheelchair access.

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 would like to make a donation in addition to a ticket, click here

We hope to see you on the path.

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National Trust Car Park, Uffington Castle

Dragon Hill Road

Woolstone

SN7 7QN

United Kingdom

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Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

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