Peak Pilgrimage

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Peak Pilgrimage
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The Peak Pilgrimage is a long distance footpath walk from Ilam to Eyam designed to be enjoyed by all. Nowhere is the walking more lovely, relaxing, accessible and soul-restorative than in the Peak District National Park. But it has an added twist - this is also a pilgrimage walk designed as a spiritual experience. This is neither dreary nor frightening because pilgrimages are meant to be fun!
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Mick and Sue
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Oct 2019
The history of the area seems to ooze out of the stone built church and encourages contemplation of all things spiritual.
Written 23 October 2019
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B F
Wye, UK26 contributions
Sep 2019
Really well put together guide book. Included helpful instructions and hints plus interesting and thought-provoking comments throughout. Thank goodness for the blue arrows along the way!!! :) We were blessed with gorgeous weather. Uplifting experience - physically, spiritually, emotionally......
Written 26 September 2019
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mem
London, UK78 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
Normally hill walkers, and not being churchgoers we were not sure how we would fit into a lower level walk from church to church. We loved it. It was challenging enough to get us out of breath without it being a slog, the views were amazing and the frequent tea room and pub stops a delight. Visiting the churches to collect our 'stamps' gave depth to the walk as we really felt we were touching on part of each of the village's history. Our highlight has to be catching sight of Bob Jackson, the author of the guide, running across a churchyard towards us. He had spied the guidebook in our hands and had stopped to say hello! We are looking forward to the forthcoming extension - the Hope Pilgrimage which we understand will be available from 2020.
Written 23 June 2019
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Lawrence B
2 contributions
Apr 2019 • Friends
We set off from Ashbourne to walk to Ilam, a little anxious about the challenges ahead but the four days(in reality three, we spent a whole day in Ilam), walking the Pilgrimage route to Eyam became a time we will never forget. The clear, detailed directions provided in the guidebook and the welcoming atmosphere within all the churches visited, enabled us to draw closer to each other and to God. We were blessed by the weather, the lovely countryside and the tea shops! The sun highlighting Eyam from the Boundary Stone relating it's history, was a dramatic finally to our journey.
Springfield Senior Six. 8-12 April 2019
Written 27 April 2019
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Carol C
11 contributions
Oct 2017
Pilgrimage is a journey to and from special spiritual places which have an atmosphere all of their own. In this case it is the parish churches on the route of this Pilgimage which runs between Ilam and Eyam across spectacular Peak District countryside.
This was commenced recently to remember Eyam and the special place it has in history for stopping the spread of the plague by shutting down the village to the outside world when they realised that they had been infected.
Pilgrimage is a journey but not necessarily on foot - for those with less time car/bike journeys are perfectly acceptable. The journey is the main event however it is made.
Written 20 August 2018
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jmc1959
Harlington, UK46 contributions
Aug 2018 • Solo
The Peak Pilgrimage is an excellent short long-distance walk (if that makes sense). I completed it in three days; in retrospect four may have been more comfortable - but really there are so many places to stay en route that you can do it at your own speed. It goes alongside the beautiful River Dove, through valleys and across dales. There are only a couple of steep climbs each day (Gypsy Bank is probably the hardest). Staying in Bakewell is delightful. You can buy a guidebook on the Peak Pilgrimage Website - highly recommended.
Written 12 August 2018
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Charles D
Mansfield, UK16 contributions
Jun 2018 • Friends
We have just completed the Pilgrimage in 2 days with an overnight stay at the YHA at Youlgreave. Perhaps it was the weather, or the excellent company of our group, or the wonderful scenery - or all of this, but this was an experience not to be missed. Joining the congregation for the final hymn at their evening service at Eyam Parish Church reminded us that we are so fortunate to live in such an amazing part of God's kingdom. If you can, try the Pilgrimage yourself. Even if it does not make an impact on your life, and it probably will, it is still an amazing walk.
Written 24 June 2018
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Rocky Road
Eyam, UK8 contributions
May 2018 • Friends
The Peak Pilgrimage walk is circa 35 miles long (39 miles if you take the high route on the hills) and is easily split into 4 sections for relaxed walking. Many people enjoy the challenge of completing the walk over 4 or less consecutive days, but others (me included) like the idea of a more relaxed walk over different weekends. This gives more time to take in the beautiful scenery and contemplate how our ancestors would have lived and worshipped together.
I was very impressed with the standard of the walk, which showed a great deal of care had been taken to provide a variety of scenery, with level walking along the riverside combined with the more strenuous "over hills and down dales".
For people not accustomed to walking in the peaks, I would recommend selecting short sections of the route in order to absorb the beauty around you.
For all people undertaking the pilgrimage, please be prepared for all weathers as it is possible to have cold windy weather, hot sunny weather, and rainy weather all on the same day! (when I did the walk it was particularly hot and plenty of drink was essential). Walking shoes or boots are essential.
I personally found the visits to the churches fascinating, and we were given a warm welcome wherever we went.
The booklet produced for the pilgrimage is a welcome addition with interesting facts and anecdotes. It has obviously been written from the heart, and you can visualise the writer (Bob Jackson) being with you. Of note are the excellent photographs in the book taken by his wife Christine (it is fun spotting the places shown in the photos and working out where they were taken from).
I thoroughly recommend the pilgrimage walk, and encourage people to take time to reflect upon the landscape and enjoy the walk in a relaxing manner rather than complete it in as short a time as possible.
Written 10 May 2018
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Robert C
Sheffield, UK26 contributions
May 2018 • Friends
From Ilam to Eyam, hills and valleys, rivers and edges, stepping stones, warmly welcoming churches, cafes, pubs and ice creams... what a wonderful four days in the Peak District. OK, it was the nicest May Bank Holiday weekend ever, and with over 70 of us for all or part of the journey (ranging in age from 6 to 70+) the company was great, but my advice is... just do it. Buy the guide through the Peak Pilgrimage website, take 3 or 4 days, visit the churches and stamp the guide in each one, enjoy the surroundings and take time to reflect, making it a real spiritual experience.
Written 9 May 2018
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DelaHaye2014
Baslow, UK4 contributions
May 2018 • Solo
I managed the whole Peak Pilgrimage, led by the Venerable Bob Jackson himself over the last 4 days. I was slightly nervous as I don't do enough exercise, but despite having some quite tough climbs (for a novice) and descents, this was almost not noticeable due to the exquisite scenery we were passing through, discovering new places, enormous contrasts from the dales, quaint villages, rivers and streams to the majestic moors. Each church was beautiful with a different but lovely welcome. The friendship from fellow pilgrims was an unexpected joy and I have already arranged to meet with two people I met. A beautifully planned route. It felt like a spiritual holiday and a can recommend it to anyone whole heartedly!!!
Written 8 May 2018
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