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Ramsey offers refreshment to Walsingham pilgrims

A group of pilgrims paused for rest and refreshment at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ramsey enroute from Kettering to Walsingham.

Ramsey lies in Cambridgeshire, between Huntingdon and Peterborough, and the ten walkers (much reduced from pre-Covid numbers of around 25) reached the town on April 11. Due to some delays on their journey, the group eventually arrived at around 3.30pm for a long-awaited break and chance to eat lunch and enjoy hot drinks provided by parishioners Cath Logan and Clare Storey. Refreshed, the group journeyed on to Benwick for the night.

The walkers were part of the Pilgrim Cross, formerly known as the Student Cross Pilgrimage. It now includes groups of all ages (even babies) who set out from different locations around the UK to walk to Walsingham during Holy Week.

The pilgrimage started in 1948 with 30 Catholic priests and laymen walking from London to Walsingham. Over time, the pilgrimage has evolved and people from different church communities come together to walk for between one and seven days, arriving at the grounds of the former Augustinian Abbey in the heart of Walsingham in time to celebrate Easter.

“It was a joy to welcome the pilgrims to Ramsey,” writes Clare Storey, “and to Sacred Heart again, even if only for a short time. We look forward to welcoming them again in 2023.”

To find out more about Pilgrim Cross please visit Pilgrim Cross – the Easter pilgrimage to Walsingham

Pictured above are the Pilgrim Cross walkers at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ramsey. Image: Clare Storey