Pilgrimage for All: York Minster to Bridlington Priory

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Date(s) - 22/08/2022 - 28/08/2022
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Bridlington Priory saw many pilgrims arriving in days gone by. Just as Chaucer’s pilgrims wended their way to Canterbury to reach the shrine of St Thomas a Becket, in 15th century Yorkshire thousands of people - including King Henry V - aimed for the Priory’s shrine to St John of Bridlington.

Over the 2013 August Bank Holiday weekend, Priory 900 explored how the tradition is still alive today by organizing a modern, 21st century pilgrimage from York Minster to Bridlington Priory under Priory 900’s tagline ‘Celebrating the Journey’.

Priory 900 - Pilgrimage
The whole walk took place over a week, with pilgrims setting off from York Minster on Thursday 22nd August and arriving at Bridlington Priory on Wednesday 28th August for a celebratory service. The route followed public footpaths and included stretches of the Wolds Way and visits to historic sites such as Kirkham Priory and the deserted village of Wharram Percy. Pilgrims engaged with the communities where they stopped each day.

The route for the Pilgrimage was planned by expert walkers John and Nancy Eckersley from Flamborough, who began their ‘prequel’ to the Pilgrimage at Carlisle Cathedral on 28th July in support of Christian Aid (see below).

A guide booklet was produced which contains sketch maps and descriptions of the route, photographs and a prayer for each day of the Pilgrimage, a brief history of the Priory and its association with Pilgrimages, and space for collecting pilgrimage ‘stamps’ at each stage of the journey.

  • For a summary of the route, please click here.

  • To purchase a Pilgrimage booklet, please click here.

  • NEW: To read the Pilgrimage blog containing news, summaries and updates from Nancy Eckersley and Priory 900 co-ordinator Penelope Weston at each stage of their journey, please click here.

  • NEW: To see a selection of photographs taken at various stages of the Pilgrimage, please visit the gallery here.

  • For information about fundraising, please click here. NEW: Our chosen charity is Excellent, Pioneers of Sand Dams - you can visit our JustGiving page here.

  • For accommodation and travel information, please click here.


July 28 - August 20

Carlisle Cathedral – Hexham Abbey – Durham Cathedral – York Minster

On 28th July, John and Nancy Eckersley began their pilgrimage at Carlisle Cathedral (another Augustinian foundation) with a short service of blessing for their journey. On Sunday 4th August they joined with the congregation of Hexham Abbey (also founded by the Augustinians in 1113), and continued on to Durham Cathedral arriving on Wednesday 7th August in time for Evensong. From there, their journey took them to Bishop Auckland (Fri 9th), Great Smeaton (Tues 14th), Osmotherley (Wed 15th), Thirsk (16th), Easingwold (17th), and York (20th August). John and Nancy visited and prayed in the churches they passed on their journey. For more information, please visit their website www.johneckersley.wordpress.com.

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