Kettering Leg 2012
Kettering Leg are traditionally a
diverse bunch. Every year we welcome new walkers, and welcome back
old hands. Last year we had an influx of new walkers, most of whom
were students but as always we would love to welcome people from
various backgrounds, students and non-students, to the leg this
year. Not everyone is at, or has been to, university.
We walk from just outside Kettering in
Northamptonshire to Walsingham in Norfolk, via the Fens, spending
each night in a different town or village. We pass through Wisbech
and Swaffham, plus many much smaller places.
Every day includes liturgy (morning
prayer, personal reflections on route, and perhaps Mass or a
penitential service), walking during the morning and the afternoon,
breaks for refreshments in a parish or local pub, and relaxing in
the evening. Some nights we cook together, and sometimes we are
cooked for in style. While our week is spent very much as a group,
there are opportunities for space and quiet, both while walking and
in the evenings. For some, the week is contemplative, for others,
itís enough to be away from the demands of everyday life, and to
enjoy singing everything from hymns to pop and pub songs. For all of
us it is a journey towards Easter and towards God. We love meeting
our welcoming hosts and supporters along the way.
We carry with us a cross. Groups of
three people take it in turns to carry the cross on their shoulders,
for a few minutes at a time. It does not add much to the demands of
the journey, but it is an important symbol for us, and for the
people we meet on our journey.
Although the week is physically
demanding, you do not need to be super-fit (many a couch potato has
made it to Walsingham) and there is always a support car to hand. If
you walk with us, you will no doubt be tired at the end, but we
think that you will feel recharged, not just fitter. Come and find
out for yourself the great community and support that Kettering Leg
has to offer.