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A Weekend Pilgrimage from Arundel to Bramber

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The Parish and Priory Church of Saint Nicholas

2 London Road

Arundel

BN18 9BZ

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A 2-day Pilgrimage from Arundel Castle to St Mary's House, Bramber

Distance:
Day 1 - Arundel to Storrington - 11 miles
Day 2 - Storrington to Bramber - 13 miles

Make Pilgrimage along ancestral paths, over hillforts and mounds to the last surviving pilgrim hostel in South England, via:

Arundel Castle: Raised 950 years ago by Richard de Montgomery, the gardens of Arundel are a beautiful place to begin a pilgrim’s day.
South Stoke: St Leonard de Noblac, who lends his name to the Church here, was the patron saint of prisoners. When his name was invoked, it is said, chains would fall away. Much of this patch of Sussex is dedicated to him.
Cissbury: Once a great gathering place, this large henge was a place where a great many tools were made - if you look carefully in the grass, can you see a flint blade?
Bramber Castle: Bramber castle wards the church of St Mary’s, built upon a well and set amidst glorious gardens.
St Mary's House, Bramber: An old pilgrim's rest house with a holy well and buried Templar Chapel.

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 at St Nichlas’s Church, Arundel on Saturday morning at 9.30am. For Londoners, there is a train from Victoria to Arundel at 08:06 (arriving 09:26). 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 is avaliable at Arundel train station.

The pilgrimage will end at St Mary's House, Bramber by 7:30pm. Trains run regularly back to London from Shoreham-by-Sea, a 10 minute taxi ride from Bramber. Those needing to travel back to Arundel will need to book a 25 minute taxi back to Arundel.

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, toothbrush etc and backpack. Storrington Priory has beds, and we provide sleeping bags and silk liners.

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 look forward to seeing you on the path.

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