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Wakefield Cathedral- on foot!

15 November 2019

Wakefield Cathedral is joining other English cathedrals in a national initiative during 2020, which has been designated ‘The Year of Cathedrals’. The initiative will include a celebration of pilgrimage. A route will be published for every cathedral which aims to provide a new way of travelling and arriving, with the emphasis on journeying either by foot or by public transport. Those who are fortunate enough to be fully mobile are encouraged to identify ways of helping the less able to travel all or part of the pilgrimage routes.

The pilgrimage route to Wakefield Cathedral is about seven and a half miles. It begins at the thirteenth century Dewsbury Minster and is part of a longer route called the Paulinus Way. St Paulinus was a seventh century monk who was active in teaching people the Christian faith all over Yorkshire. The Dean of Wakefield, the Very Revd Simon Cowling, is keen to encourage people of all faiths and none to walk all or part of the route next year: ‘walking alongside others encourages a sense of community and builds up friendship and trust’, he commented.’ We look forward to pilgrims to Wakefield Cathedral, however they have travelled and whatever their background’. Author Dr Nick Hayward-Smith emphasises the point about community: ‘a one-day pilgrimage is perfect for people who live locally to approach their cathedral in a new way. All holy places arise from the love and devotion of local people, these are places that bring a community together to celebrate shared values and history.”

Details of the route can be found on the British Pilgrimage Trust website at https://britishpilgrimage.org/portfolio/wakefield-cathedral-pilgrimage-in-a-day/ . Groups of pilgrims are encouraged to let us know in advance at Wakefield Cathedral about their plans.

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