is a Christian pilgrimage organised by and
for students, young adults, and pilgrims of
all ages, which began in 1948. Pilgrims
experience Holy Week and the joy of the
Resurrection as a living reality. It's a
chance to celebrate Easter in a unique way.
groups, known as Legs, walk from different
parts of the country across Norfolk to
Walsingham. Kind-hearted parishes provide
food and accommodation along the way. Each
Leg carries a large wooden cross as a
witness to the people they pass.
The climax of the
week is in Walsingham, a centre of
pilgrimage for many centuries. This is where
all the Legs meet up to celebrate the Easter
liturgies together over the Easter weekend,
including a vibrant Paschal Party after the
Easter vigil on Saturday evening.
first started walking from London to
Walsingham in 1948. It was originally a
male-only Catholic pilgrimage and pilgrims
had to carry all of their belongings
started in 1949, leaving from Nottingham.
Since then, Oxford (1962), Midland (1971),
Essex (1972) and Kettering (1975) were
also founded, walking for the full week.
Ely Leg (1996) walks for three days.
groups - Peg and Wells (2006) - meet up on
Palm Sunday, for 5 days of short, all-age
walks from one residential base.
One leg for
families with older children of secondary
school age - Wensum (2012) walks shorter
distances of no more than 10 miles per day
over 5 days.
walks one day only on Good Friday.
officially started walking in 1966,
though, previously, there had been many
occasions when they helped carry the cross
while 'stronger' men recovered from their
blisters and other ailments.
other denominations started walking
Student Cross in the 1960s. Although
Student Cross is still predominantly
Catholic, scores of fellow Christians have
walked and continue to take part in the
people to have walked Student Cross
include novelist David Lodge. The
Archbishop of Liverpool, Rt Rev Malcolm
McMahon, is one of the patrons of the
Student Cross Association, which supports