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Easter pilgrimage to Walsingham

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Frequently asked questions

Who walks and when does it happen?
Students and young people from all over Britain and internationally - from Roman Catholic and other Christian Churches as well. Pilgrims come from as diverse backgrounds as students themselves. Most groups will meet on the evening of the Friday before Good Friday, but there are options to start later. It finishes on the afternoon of Easter Sunday.

What gear do I need?
All you need will be cheap or easy to borrow - as long as you've got a waterproof, a sleeping bag and some trainers, you'll be alright. No specialist equipment is needed.

How far is it?
Most groups walk 120 miles. It's easier than you think - there's lots of stops and walking with a group provides a great boost. Your luggage is taken in a car and if it gets too much, so are you.

Do I need to be really fit?
Many confirmed couch potatoes have completed the walk without much difficulty. However, some preparation can be helpful. As little as two weeks' preparation with simple stretches and exercises would enable you to tackle the week.

How much does it cost?
Costs vary, though students and the unwaged can expect to pay between 30 and 65. This covers all your food and accommodation for the week. The only other extras you have to find are money for drinks and about 15 for a coach back from Walsingham. Financial support towards the cost of the pilgrimage is available from the Student Cross Association - please ask for further details.

What if I don't know anyone?
Don't worry, you soon will. Previous walkers are very keen to meet new faces and there will be other people in the same boat as yourself. Many very strong friendships are formed during the week.

Can I help to advertise Student Cross?
Yes. Please download our new leaflet (pdf 941k), older leaflet (pdf 9400k) or poster (pdf 9900k) to display in your chaplaincy, parish or wherever else you want.

Do you have any information for the media?
Yes. Please look here for a news release on this year's pilgrimage and details of photo opportunities.

How do I get home at the end of the pilgrimage?
There are coaches leaving Walsingham at 3pm on Easter Sunday bound for London and Leicester.

 
 
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