Leg - Frequently Asked Questions
What sort of
people walk Ely Leg?
Your sort. We are a diverse group of
people who are friendly and who want to
spend Holy Week together in a lovely corner
of England. We usually have a sprinkling of
grandparents, professionals, undergraduates,
sixth formers, schoolchildren etc. In recent
years weíve had pilgrims from various parts
of the UK and from as far away as India, USA
and Malaysia. Student Cross is ecumenical;
this year we have a Catholic chaplain
walking with us and pilgrims are of various
denominations or none. What we share is a
willingness to participate.
really carry a cross?
Yes. Itís a life-sized wooden cross and is
carried flat across the shoulders by groups
of three walkers. But donít worry Ėyouíll
only carry it for a few minutes at a time
before a fresh group of three will lift it
from your shoulders. Itís a great way to
bear witness to our faith and to participate
in the Easter experience. When we get to
Walsingham it will be decorated with flowers
and foliage for Easter Sunday.
Where do we
walk and where do we stay?
We meet in a church hall in Ely on the
Tuesday evening of Holy Week to prepare for
our pilgrimage. We start walking the next
morning after a short ceremony in Ely
Catheral. From there we follow the ancient
pilgrim route to Walsingham, spending the
next two nights in church halls at Downham
Market and Harpley. On Good Friday afternoon
we meet up with all the other Legs at
Walsingham. We then spend Friday and
Saturday nights in the Pilgrim Bureau
(twin-bedded rooms) in Walsingham. We depart
for home on Easter Sunday afternoon.
Iím not much
of a walker Ė will I cope?
Youíd be amazed at the number of couch
potatoes who walk all the way to Walsingham,
surprising themselves by their achievement.
We walk a long way, but itís a lot easier
when there is a whole group of us. Thereís
lots of singing and several stops each day,
either for Ďstationsí which are short
reflections, or for parish services and
refreshments. And if you need a breather or
a bit of first aid, we have support vehicles
to whisk you on to the next stop and provide
a bit of TLC.
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