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Cumbrian Cistercian Way - A 2-day Pilgrimage

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Belfast Pier

Roa Island Road

Barrow-in-Furness

LA13 0PN

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Guy of the BPT will guide you on this 25 mile South Cumbrian pilgrimage. You can view the route here.

£120 per person (includes breakfast and lunch on Sunday and Saturday night’s accommodation);
£200 when two tickets are purchased together (£40 off).
£180 for both tickets when a godparent takes a godchild.

The Cumbrian Cistercian Way takes the pilgrim through the South Cumbrian coastal landscape which, though varied, is softer in character than the more rugged Lake District Hills. This gentler aspect must have influenced the Cistercian monks when they chose to build Furness Abbey where they did- once the second wealthiest and most powerful Cistercian monastery in England.

The Way is never far from the shores of Morecambe Bay which, with its ever-moving tides below a skyline of hills and fells creates light patterns that never cease to surprise in an expanse that lends itself for contemplation.

You start with the view over to Piel Island, owned by these medieval monks. At the end of the first day we will come to Urswick church, with its Arts and Crafts wooden carvings and Saxon ‘Tunwini Cross’, and we will sleep (with provided kit) in the church. Then it is over the brow of Birkrigg Common whose stone circle overlooks Morecambe Bay, which we will then traverse by train across the bay to Cark, to walk the final stretch to the magnificent Cartmel Priory.

A fresh approach to the ancient art of pilgrimage.

Open to All (Bring your own Beliefs).
Little Urswick Crags

This Pilgrimage will include:

- New ways of meeting old Churches (bring your own beliefs...)
- Group pilgrim songs on the path
- Opportunities for silence
- Natural beauty and the wild places between the roads
- Rediscovering your place in the British pilgrimage tradition
- Holy and Historic sites

Piel Castle from Roa Island

What to bring

Trusty walking footwear; Waterproofs; Waterbottle; Comfortable clothes, toothbrush etc and backpack. We hope to provide sleeping bags, rollmats and silk liners (and loos), and we will take care of transporting these so you don't need to bring a bigger rucksack to accommodate your sleeping kit. Please bring a packed lunch and pay for your own dinner on the Saturday, and we will provide a packed lunch on the Sunday.

Travel

We will gather at the pier at Roa Island overlooking Piel Island on Saturday morning at 09.00. Nearest station Old Roose. 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 available at Roa Island.

The pilgrimage will end at Cartmel Priory by 18:30 on Sunday. Nearest station Cark & Cartmel, or Grange over Sands.

Bow Bridge

Your pilgrim guide

Guidance from Guy - co-founder of the British Pilgrimage Trust. He will offer traditions to help your pilgrimage come to life - including songs and stories, suggested pilgrim rituals, and wild water drinking. He’ll lead you along a carefully considered route with capable navigation.

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, 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.

If you would like to make a donation in addition to, or in place of, a ticket, click here.

Morecambe Bay

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. But we will walk slowly, and start early, and just under six miles is a very manageable distance for the majority of people.
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’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.

Furness Abbey

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