Frequently asked questions
Who walks and when does it happen?
Students and young people from all over Britain and internationally
- mainly Roman Catholic but from 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 £60. This covers all your food and accommodation for
the week. The only other extras you have to find are money for
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
poster (PDF 319k) and
leaflet (PDF 380k) to display in your chaplaincy, parish or
wherever else you want.
Do you have any information for the
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
There are coaches leaving Walsingham at 3pm on Easter Sunday bound
for London and Leicester.
Find out more on our travel news page