ANNOUNCING A NEW LONG DISTANCE FOOTPATH
ST HILDA’S WAY
St Hilda’s Way is a new 43 miles long-distance trail in North Yorkshire, starting from Hinderwell and finishing at Whitby Abbey. The walk is designed as a pilgrimage and visits eight Churches and Chapels all dedicated to St Hilda, as well as two other churches named after St Hedda and St Mary. At each location there is a special focus on a different aspect of the saint’s life, something to find in the church and the opportunity for reflection and meditation.
The Way was the idea of the Whitby Anglican churches and its format was inspired by the icon of St Hilda written by Edith Reyntiens, who has given her kind permission for it to be used in the book. Veteran long-distance walkers, Nancy and John Eckersley, have lent their assistance in devising the route and writing the guidebook.
The guidebook has extracts from the Ordnance Survey OL27 map covering the route in short sections of between two and six miles. Nancy has taken most of the photos and written the majority of the ‘special interest’ content. John has devised the route. As always with their other walking books, Mark Comer has lent his inimitable talents to the final artistic presentation of the guide.
St Hilda’s Way was launched on Sunday 28 June 2015 with a special service at St Hilda’s Well at Hinderwell Church. There was then a led pilgrimage completed over the following five days, culminating on the cliff top at Whitby Abbey on Friday 3 July.
Day 1 — Sunday 28th June
11.00 am – Service of Blessing at St Hilda’s Well, Hinderwell
12.00 noon – Picnic Lunch
1.30 pm – HINDERWELL to SCALING DAM
Distance 5.5 miles
Day 2 – Monday 29th June
9.30 am – Meet at Scaling Dam Visitor Centre car park
Walk – SCALING DAM to DANBY STATION to DANBY CHURCH
Distance 10.1 miles
Day 3 – Tuesday 30th June
10.00 am – Meet at National Park Visitor Centre, Danby
Walk – DANBY to LEALHOLM to GLAISDALE to EGTON BRIDGE
Distance 9.2 miles
Day 4 – Wednesday 1st July
9.30 am – Meet St Hedda’s Church, Egton Bridge
Walk – EGTON BRIDGE to MORTUARY CHAPEL to EGTON to SLEIGHTS
Distance 8.2 miles
Day 5 – Thursday 2nd July
9.30 am – Meet Sleights Railway Station
Walk – SLEIGHTS to SNEATON to WHITBY RAILWAY STATION
Distance 5.0 miles
Day 6 – Friday 3rd July
9.30 am – Meet Whitby Railway Station
Walk a Church Town Trail to visit ST HILDA’S RC CHURCH, ST HILDA’S PRIORY, ST HILDA’S CE CHURCH, ST MARY’S CHURCH, WHITBY ABBEY
Distance 4.5 miles