On Saturday, 4 September all are invited to join members of the Cathedral Ramblers, staff, and volunteers to complete a Pilgrimage from Tewkesbury Abbey to Gloucester Cathedral to promote spiritual, emotional and physical wellbeing.
Across England, walking routes are being launched and rediscovered, that track ancient paths of pilgrimage to the nation’s cathedrals. Supported by the Association of English Cathedrals, the ‘Discover Cathedrals, Discover Pilgrimage’ initiative continues to run in 2021 to respond to the pandemic as restrictions are lifted.
The Gloucester pilgrimage is a 15-mile walk that connects Tewkesbury Abbey and Gloucester Cathedral via several parish churches on a route across stunning countryside. The event reconnects paths walked by our ancestors. It promotes being active in nature with others for spiritual, emotional and physical wellbeing and caring for the planet.
Canon Dr Andrew Braddock said, “As contemporary interest in pilgrimage continues to grow, we are delighted to offer the 2021 Gloucester Pilgrimage as a Christian spiritual journey, open to all. Gloucester Cathedral welcomes visitors and pilgrims every day. This contemporary, organised pilgrimage from Tewkesbury Abbey to Gloucester Cathedral invites us to connect with this ancient spiritual practice and make it our own. We hope the outer physical journey will enable pilgrims to also make a journey of the heart, connecting more deeply with others, themselves, the landscape and God”.
The Gloucester Pilgrimage has been developed through collaboration between the Cathedral Ramblers, staff and volunteers and partner organisations. All are welcome to join, registration is free and now live via the Cathedral website.