|We arrived for the first night: fresh and ready to walk...|
|There was a sense of excitement the evening before we left Ely...|
|Ely Cathedral: the start of our pilgrimmage. Morning of Day 1 (Friday)|
|Leaving Ely. Mile one of sixty.|
|"Faith of our fathers, Mary's prayers|
Shall win our country back to thee;
And through the truth that comes from God
England shall then indeed be free."
|"Blest Isle! With machless, with machless beauty crown'd,|
And many hearts to guard the fair."
|The first and very welcome rest stop. Little did we know we were about to head into 90 minutes of walking through knee-high nettles!|
|"Lorsque la nuit paisible|
Nous invite au sommeil,
Près de nous, invisible,
Restez jusqu'au réveil"
|This was one of the stranger signs we saw along the way.|
|A brief rest stop along the road.|
|Soaking wet! A torrential deluge hit us the last mile of our longest walking day. The 24th mile was the hardest. However thanks to Lucy Shaw and Clare Auty and their able team, a wonderful meal and moral support awaited the cold, wet pilgrims.|
|Father, in heaven employ thy prayer,|
lest we, whom happier times befriend,
forgetful of our birthright there,
On this dull world our love should spend."
|"Yet a thin stream of pilgrims still walked the old way,|
And hearts longed to see this night turned into day."
|In addition to the the hardships, great fun was had by all, new friendships forged and old ones cemented.|
|Along the pilgrims' way|
|Getting closer... how glad we were to see this sign!|
|Almost there. Lovely husband multitasking while carrying the statue of Our Lady of Walsingham.|
|The Pilgrim's mile between the Basilica of Our Lady of Walsingham and the ruins of Walsingham Abbey. |
Traditionally this is walked barefoot.
|40 English Martyrs: picture in the Pilgrims' Guest House, Walsingham village.|
|Monday morning Mass, Votive Mass of Our Lady with commemoration of the Beheading of Saint John the Baptist; Basilica of Our Lady of Walsigham (aka the Slipper Chapel). Celebrant is Fr Michael Rowe; My eldest son (14) is MC.|
|"Still pilgrim feet are treading, along the holy way,|
Hostess of England's Nazareth, receive us home today"