What is Pilgrim Cross?
Frequently Asked Questions
Where will I be sleeping?
Different routes have different types of accomodation. The adult walking legs and Wensum sleep in church halls on airbeds on the floor. The family legs for younger children stay in youth hostels. When we arrive in Walsingham we stay at the Pilgrim Bureau.
What kind of liturgy do we use?
Each group creates their own liturgy. Pilgrim Cross started out as a Catholic pilgrimage. We are now ecumenical, but different groups lean more towards different faith traditions than others. The services in Walsingham are a mixture of Catholic and Anglican. You can find out more about each groups liturgy on the routes page.
What gear do I need?
As long as you've got a waterproof, a sleeping bag, a mat or airbed and some trainers, you'll be alright. No specialist equipment is needed.
How far is it?
The adult legs walk around 15 to 20 miles a day. The family legs walk between 5 and 10 miles a day. It's easier than you think - there's lots of stops and walking with a group provides a great boost. Your luggage is taken in a car and if it gets too much, so are you.
Do I need to be really fit?
Many confirmed couch potatoes have completed the walk without much difficulty. However, some preparation can be helpful. As little as two weeks' preparation with simple stretches and exercises would enable you to tackle the week.
How much does it cost?
Our costs are income based and range from £30 to £200. This covers all your food and accommodation for the week. The only other extras you have to find are money for drinks and about £20 for a coach back from Walsingham. Financial support towards the cost of the pilgrimage is available.
What if I don't know anyone?
Don't worry, you soon will. Previous walkers are very keen to meet new faces and there will be other people in the same boat as yourself. Many very strong friendships are formed during the week.
How do I get home at the end of the pilgrimage?
We organise coaches leaving Walsingham at 3pm on Easter Sunday bound for London and Leicester.
How did Pilgrim Cross start?
We were founded in 1948 by a group of Catholic students who enjoyed it so much they just kept coming back year after year. You can read more about it on our history pageChoose a Group