In a new venture, Ripon Cathedral is leading a series of mini pilgrimages through the North Yorkshire countryside over the summer.
The 'Wilfrid Walks' will provide space for prayer, reflection and fellowship as well as the opportunity to discover unseen spiritual places not normally open to the public.
The first pilgrimage on Saturday June 16th is focused on the theme of sanctuary. After meeting in the quire of the Cathedral, pilgrims will pause in the ancient Anglo Saxon crypt, which is now over 1300 years old. The walk will then follow part of the sanctuary way to the Anglo Saxon sanctuary cross at Sharow. Originally one of eight markers, the cross marked the limits of the Sanctuary of Ripon, where fugitives could seek refuge. The prayers and readings used during the walk will reflect on the importance of sanctuary in Anglo Saxon times and today.
On Saturday the 25th of August, a second walk will begin in the Cathedral’s 12th century Chapel of the Resurrection with its ancient altar stone. After walking to Markenfield Hall, there will be the opportunity to experience a short prayer service in the private chapel of the hall, which was built in 1310. The house of a Catholic family, Markenfield suffered under the violence and upheaval of the reformation. It is therefore a perfect place to pray for reconciliation and forgiveness across the world.
On the 8th of September, there will be a pilgrimage from Fountains Abbey West Gate, through the countryside surrounding the abbey. As the walk circles this Cistercian monastery, prayers for peace and contemplation will be offered.
Walks will begin at 10am, and there will be an opportunity to eat a packed lunch while on the walk, as well as a pause for refreshments and/or a rest in the pub at the end!
Please contact Rev’d Caitlin (firstname.lastname@example.org, 07377657391) for more information or to sign up. Please bring some food and a bottle of water, as well as a means of identification (giving your name, address and a person to be contacted in the event of an emergency).