Pilgrimage is about journey.
A physical journey involving some effort, individually or in a group, as well as a spiritual journey. Thy Kingdom Come offers us a particular emphasis on prayer for ourselves as witnesses for Jesus Christ, and for the church and its growth as people come to know the Lord.
Some of the routes are long enough to take a few days. If you like the challenge of a longer route it may suit to start the previous weekend and break it up. Just leave a comment below, indicating where and when you are intending starting each leg, and others can join you.
Please note this will not be a stewarded event, but relies on participants planning their own drop off and support, being prepared and equipped for a safe walk, and using or adapting the suggested routes. (Some cycle routes have been suggested which can be used as easy access paths.)
The aim is to end up at the cathedral from 4pm onwards on Saturday 3 June, where refreshments will be provided before the service in the cathedral.
Some of the routes will require up to three days so you may want to break it up over the ten days. Feel free to join in where and when you can. All the routes follow National or Regional and District Walks which should be clearly marked.
The Google map below includes the four routes, with stops marked along the way. Zoom in to explore the routes or view full screen. These routes have been mapped out as accurately as possible, but it is highly recommended you carry a map with you.
The four routes makes a cross shape the length and the breadth of the Diocese, but if it does not cross your parish why not choose a route of your own to join up, or try walking in a completely different part of the diocese to meet new people?
The suggested routes are:
- FROM THE NORTH. Starting at Wall Heath, following the Staffs & Worcs canal to Stourbridge Canal on the Monarchs Way, then east into Dudley and Blakedown. Chaddesley Corbett, Hampton Lovell, Droitwich , Fernhill Heath and into Worcester on the Canal. Distance 36 mile 2-4 days. Part of Cycle path 45. Bishop Graham will be walking this route over three days, his schedule is below if you'd like to join him.
- FROM THE EAST on the Wychavon Way and Millennium Way. Starting at Church Lench on Wychavon joining Millennium at Flyford Flavell, The path veers off south near Mucknell via Spetchely Park into Worcester. 13 miles 1-2 days. Alternative route from Holberrow Green & Inkberrow on the Monarchs Way to join at Flyford Flavell. Archdeacon Nikki is walking from Flyford Flavell on 3 June.
- FROM THE WEST on the Three Choirs Way, beginning at Knightwick and appraching Worcester through Dines Green. Distance 10 miles 1-2 days. Bishop John will be walking this route on Saturday 3 June.
- FROM THE SOUTH following the Severn Way along the river taking in Upton, Severn Stoke, Kempsey. Distance 15 miles 1-2 days. Revd Jonathan Kimber (Director of Ministry & Discipleship) will be starting at Upton upon Severn on 3 June. There is a good cycle route 45 /445 as an alternative.
Suggested shorter routes
Those of you who would like to take part but would prefer a shorter pilgrimage, there are four points marked in purple on the map. They are St Michaels Church Dines Green from the west; Brum Recreation Ground Fernhill Heath from the north; Nunnery Wood Country Park (County Hall) from the east; and viewing point at the Ketch from the South.
See the timings below if you wanted to meet up with the bishops and clergy who are taking part.
Will you be taking part?
Let us know if you'll be participating in the pilgrimage in the comments box below or email firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet using #WalkTheCross. State when and where you'll be starting and others may then be able to join you or share transport.
Timings for when our Bishops and Clergy will be walking
Bishop John will be walking the western route on Saturday 3 June, starting at The Talbot in Knightwick at 10am. He will arrive at Cotheridge Church at about 1pm for a lunch break then on to Lower Broadheath Common where members of Christ Church Lower Broadheath will meet for a picnic break at 3pm. Then on to St Michael's Church Dines Green leaving there at 3.45pm.
Jonathan Kimber, Director of Ministry and Discipleship, will be walking the southern route on Saturday 3 June. He will be starting at Upton Church at 10am with a prayer service, then on to Severn Stoke for a pick up point at 11am and refreshments at pub or church, then Kempsey for late lunch, leaving about 2.30 to rendezvous at around the Ketch Viewpoint at 3.30pm to walk into city.
Nikki Groarke, Archdeacon of Dudley will be walking the eastern route on Saturday 3 June. Starting at 10am at St Peter's Flyford Flavell. Stop for lunch at The Oak in Upton Snodsbury, departing from there at 1pm. Depart Nunnery Wood County Park (County Hall) at 3.30pm. Arrive at the Cathedral between 4.30-5pm. (After Spetchley Park walkers need to cross over the M5 along the A44, be careful as this is a busy road.)
Bishop Graham will be walking the northern route over three days, have a look at his schedule if you would like to join him along the way. Please note if you are walking with Bishop Graham, parishes will be kindly providing meals along the route!
Thursday 1 June 3pm-9pm 12 miles
- 3pm Pilgrim prayers at The Ascension Wall Heath
- 4:30pm Renewal of baptismal vows at junction of Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal with Stourbridge Canal, Stourton
- 5:30pm Evening Prayer (shortened) at St Thomas’ Stourbridge
- 6:30pm Simple supper at St Mary’s Oldswinford then on Monarch’s Way via Wychbury Hill to Hagley Hall.
- 8:45pm Compline at St John the Baptist Hagley
Friday 2 June 10am-5pm 15 miles
- 10am Pilgrim Prayers (short) at St Saviour’s West Hagley
- 11:30am Refreshments and prayers at Harvington Hall (Roman Catholic centre)
- 1pm Simple lunch at St Cassian’s Chaddesley Corbett
- 3pm Refreshments at St Michael’s Rushock
- 5pm Evening Prayer at St Mary and All Saints Hampton Lovett
Saturday 3 June 11am-3pm 12 miles
- 11am Pilgrim prayers at All Saints Hampton Lovett (if possible coffee available before)
- 12:15 midday prayers and simple lunch at St Michael’s Salwarpe
- 3pm Fernhill Heath, Brum Park Recreation Ground on A38
- 4:30pm Old St Martin’s prayer stop
- 5pm Cathedral
Please contact Sue Adeney on 07837225843 if you need to locate any of these lead walkers.
For your preparation below is a tool kit list, and for your prayerful pilgrimage a spiritual tool kit too!
- Maps 1;50,00 No 139 Birmingham & Worlverhampton or 1:25,000 219,&204
- Maps 1;50,000 no 150 Worcester & The Malverns or 1:25,000 204 & 14 (NB if you buy these new you can download onto mobile using code provided in purchase.
- OR Down load Diocesan map which includes churches and other interesting features on routes
- Mobile phone charged
- Basic first aid kit, plasters, antihistamine,sunblock
- Water & snacks/lunch
- Rain wear and sunhat
- Walking boots/ shoes
- Walking pole
- If taking a dog, lead & poo bags. Water. (NB Dogs must be on leads in fields with sheep, but if you find yourself in a field with frisky cattle, it is best to let you dog off the lead! It will get away itself, whilst you get out as quick as possible.)
There are three options to choose from:
- A virtual prayer trail. Using the map above, click on the yellow prayer markers on the map. This local community have submitted those things for which they would like prayer. There are also markers showing timings for when the Bishops and clergy will be walking, see information below. These prayers can also be downloaded.
- A PDF from Bishop Graham which can be used at the start or along the route, this includes a simple liturgy, which can be shared with others.
- "Your Prayer Rucksack" , a PDF which can be used by individuals or groups as you walk the cross. To print as a booklet, print double sided.
May the road rise to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back, may the sun shine warm upon your face, and the rain fall soft upon your fields.
Remember the Country Code. Leave nothing but footprints. Take nothing but photographs. And tweet using #WalkTheCross!