Great Send off from Carlisle

Carlisle Cathedral did us proud in sending us off on our pilgrimage in style. The rain was falling as we arrived just in time for the main Sunday service at the cathedral and we were quickly ushered to our places. They mentioned us in the notices, in the prayers and we were invited to the front just before the end (after singing ‘To be a pilgrim’) in order to bless us on our way.

The choir that day came from Shrewsbury Abbey and they encouraged us.

At Carlisle Cathedral door
At Carlisle Cathedral door
Some of Shrewsbury Abbey choir and supporters
Some of Shrewsbury Abbey choir and supporters
Sam Michael Julio from the cathedral
Sam Michael Julio from the cathedral

Then we were given our lunch by Michael Manley (one of the residentiary canons) and met two young people Julio and Sam.

Our first stop at a church to pray was St Michael and All Angels (Stanwix) where their youth worker Ben was just setting up for the forthcoming children’s holiday club.

Some of our route was a little damp but still passable and there was a good camaraderie amongst the walkers wading through it. Crosby church at the end of the first day’s walk was sadly locked – but the churchyard boasted a very handy bench to sit on and view the church.

Lanercost Priory
Lanercost Priory

The next day we were walking to the Augustinian Lanercost Priory. The Hadrian’s Wall route we used was not too exciting but the views of Lanercost as we approached were great. The Priory had been ravaged by the Scots and then de-roofed by Henry VIII. But the walls remained strong and it was later roofed and then beautified in the nineteenth century by one of the Howards from Castle Howard. Today it is well worth a visit.

The last day to date we were accompanied by the Hirst family (from Flamborough of all places!) who are walking the length of Hadrian’s Wall and trying 15 miles a day – much more than us.

The Hirst family from Flamborough
The Hirst family from Flamborough


Miles walked – 19

Churches visited – 4 open 2 locked

Kissing gates – 80

Accompanying walkers 4

Scrabble – Nancy 2   John 1


2 thoughts on “Great Send off from Carlisle”

  1. Hello John and Nancy,

    Myself and a friend met you not too far from Housesteads on Wednesday 31st July. It was just on the side of a crag and we stood talking for a while – you told us about the Christian Aid project you were raising money for and how it was a celebration of your anniversary.

    In a strange coincidence I am writing about you for Christian Aid!

    We’ve passed on your details to a number of people so we’ll see if we can’t top up your donations count, I’m going to get my office to donate to you.

    All the best, and I hope you enjoyed the rest of your walk!

    Rebecca Quinn

    1. Hi Rebecca. It was very good to meet you on Hadrian’s Wall and thank you very much for your efforts on behalf of the Christian Aid Project that we are raising funds for. Brilliant Nancy

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