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Pilgrimage to St Aldhelm’s Chapel

Bishop Karen will be leading a pilgrimage to St Aldhelm's Chapel, Worth Matravers on Thursday 25 May - the feast day of St Aldhelm.

Bishop Karen said, “ The pilgrimage is open to everyone, whatever their religious views. Many people, whether or not they are churchgoers, visit places of spiritual interest and sometimes discover a little piece of heaven. 

St Aldhelm was the first Bishop of Sherborne, so I am his direct successor – I was made a bishop 1311 years after he was.  Tiny St Aldhelm’s is a very special place, perched on top of high cliffs, and accessible only on foot. It’s a thin place where it’s easy to feel the gap between heaven and earth narrowing.  I am keen to promote pilgrimage in Dorset. The county’s many chapels, shrines and holy wells allow people to touch the transcendent right here on our own doorstep.”

Pilgrims should assemble before 10.30 am at the Renscombe Farm car park (postcode BH19 3LL). A rugged pathway leads for 1½ miles/2.5 km to St Aldhelm’s Chapel (capacity around 90). There will be a short act of worship at the chapel.  Please bring a picnic – we’ll share one on the cliffs if the weather permits, and at St Nicholas’ in Worth Matravers if the weather is typically English!

Dogs welcome on the walk and in chapel.  Vehicle access is not permitted but should mobility be a concern a special ‘all terrain’ coach will be available.

3 May 2017

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