To mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, Midlands Church leaders will take part in a walk of friendship on Saturday 23 September 2017. The walk will begin at the Midlands hub of the Catholic Church – the Metropolitan Cathedral Church and Basilica of St Chad, Birmingham – and end at the historic mother-church of Mercia, the Anglican Cathedral of St Mary and St Chad, Lichfield .
Reliquary containing relics of St Chad. St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham,
St Chad’s Cathedral. Queensway, Birmingham
On Saturday 23 September, pilgrims will leave St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham and walk northwards for three miles along canal towpaths, passing underneath ‘Spaghetti Junction.’ They will walk for four miles along cycle paths and greenways through Brookvale Park, past Witton Lakes and on to Bannersgate. The pilgrimage route continues northwards through the entire length of Sutton Park, before following the Roman Road to reach St Peter’s (Anglican) Church, Little Aston. Here walkers will be able to take a short lunch break, having completed eleven miles of walking.
Leaving St Peter’s Church and crossing the A454 Walsall Road, the walk continues north through country lanes and fields, passing underneath the M6 Toll Road and A5 Wall Bypass. Following Ashcroft Lane, Wall Lane and Claypit Lane, pilgrims arrive at Lichfield and proceed to the Cathedral of St Mary and St Chad.
Bearing in mind that timings in such a pilgrimage can only be approximate, the plan is as follows:
8.15am – St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham, will open its doors to welcome pilgrims. Drinks and toilets will be available.
9.00am – A short gathering and blessing will herald the start of the pilgrimage. Groups of walkers will leave at five-minute intervals.
1.30pm – Short lunch stop at St Peter’s Church, Little Aston, where drinks and toilet facilities will be available.
2.15pm – Depart from St Peter’s, Church
4.45pm – Arrive at the Cathedral of St Mary and St Chad, Lichfield
5.00pm – Short official welcome ceremony outside the West Door of the Cathedral
Health and safety
In order to enable the safe participation of those who wish to join the Church leaders on the pilgrimage, walkers will be arranged into groups of no more than 30 people each, under the direction of a group leader. It is imperative that those wishing to participate in the pilgrimage agree to follow the directions of their respective group leader.
Individuals, couples and/or small groups who apply to join the pilgrimage do so on the understanding that they will be asked to join a larger group of walkers. Where a church-based rambling group applies to join the pilgrimage, the leader of the rambling group will be requested to act as walk leader for that group.
To request an application form to join the pilgrimage, please click here.
Photographs (c) 2017, Allen Morris