About Student Cross
Student Cross is a pilgrimage organised
by and for students, young adults, and pilgrims of all ages, which
has been running since 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.
Eleven different 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. To find out more about the different routes,
please visit the Legs pages.
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.
Facts and figures
- Student Cross first started
walking from London to Walsingham in 1948. It was originally a
male-only Catholic pilgrimage and pilgrims had to carry all of
- Northern Leg started in 1949,
leaving from Nottingham. Since then, Oxford (1962), Midland
(1971), Essex (1972) and Kettering (1975) have also been
founded, walking for the full week
- Ely Leg was started in 1996. It
starts on the Wednesday and walks for three days
- Two family legs - Peg and
Wells - meet on the evening of Palm Sunday. Wells Leg is the
newer, having begun in 2006.
- A new leg for families with
older children of secondary school age - Wensum - begins in
2012. It will walk shorter distances of no more than 10 miles
per day over 3 days.
- Easter Leg, which only walks on
Good Friday, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2008.
- Women 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.
- Christians of other
denominations started walking Student Cross in the 1960s.
Although, Student Cross is still predominantly Catholic, hundred
of fellow Christians have walked and will continue to walk on
- Famous people to have walked
Student Cross include Big Brother 2006 winner Pete Bennett
(albeit as a child), novelist David Lodge and Bishop of
Portsmouth Rt Rev Crispian Hollis.