People have been going on pilgrimages for centuries. It’s a great way to holiday but it’s much more… when you go on pilgrimage you take a risk; the risk that you might not return as the same person who set out! Pilgrimage invites us to travel from the known into the unknown, to journey from place to place on a ‘voyage of discovery’.
Pilgrim Adventure is an ecumenical Christian organization based in Bristol, England. Since 1987, through our Journey Programme, we have shared the challenge and excitement of pilgrimage with like minded people from many nationalities and walks of life.
The Celtic Christians were great adventurers who spoke of pilgrimage as ‘wandering for the love of Christ’. Although our pilgrimages are, first and foremost, ‘journeys for today’ many have been inspired by the early Celtic saints who lived on the fringe of Western Europe. At the heart of each pilgrimage lies the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
‘Island hopping, hill walking, worshiping in out of the way places.’
A typical pilgrimage day begins with breakfast followed by a short time of worship. Worship with Pilgrim Adventure is a blend of both ancient and contemporary expressions of Celtic Christianity as well as those of other Christian traditions. We gather again for a time of gentle worship last thing in the evening.
With the exception of some of our island adventures we walk each day, which is great for weight loss, and starts at 10 am. The pace is always relaxed, with plenty of time to simply look at the view and soak up the atmosphere. Of course, on some days you may choose not to walk. Alternatives are always available. Fun and laughter are never far away on a Pilgrim Adventure pilgrimage, even when it comes to doing the chores! As pilgrims travelling together, we share the practical tasks of meal preparation and washing-up – often great times for forging new friendships! The average group size is ten.
We recommend that pilgrims wear comfortable walking boots. There is no need to carry more than a day-sac on any of the walks. When you book your pilgrimage, we will send you a list of suggested items to bring with you. Our pilgrimages are suitable for singles and couples and people of all ages.
The price of a pilgrimage includes all accommodation, meals, entrance fees and transport. Each pilgrimage is led by two Pilgrim Adventure guides who stay with the group throughout the journey. Our planning team in Bristol will be very happy to assist with your travel plans to the pilgrimage start point.