Ely Leg - Frequently
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
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
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.
Introduction to Ely Leg