Midland Leg is a welcoming and friendly
group made up of a mixture of students and those recently moved on
from their student days to pastures new. The community spirit of
Midland Leg and the wider spirit of the pilgrimage as a whole means
we are open and very receptive to the new walkers who join us each
year for the week of Student Cross.
The leg begins each year by meeting up at the Holy Cross Priory in
Leicester, only a few minutes walk from Leicester train station,
making us very easy to get to from anywhere in the Midlands.
Over a week we walk nearly 120 miles carrying a cross. Our route
takes us via Stamford, Wisbech, King's Lynn and eventually into
Walsingham. You don't have to be very fit to walk - all you need is
a well-worn pair of trainers. You don't even carry your baggage, as
this goes in our support car. All that is carried is the cross
between three people for a few minutes at a time. Our cross is one
of the lightest of all the crosses of Student Cross.
Over the years we have developed long-lasting friendships with the
parishes that we pass through on our way to Walsingham. Sharing the
pilgrim experience with these parishes is, both spiritually and
socially, an important part of Midland Leg. The support and
encouragement we receive from them - providing warmth, shelter, food
and hospitality - is much appreciated. We have also developed
long-lasting friendships with the landlords of the pubs that we walk
past. Their willingness to provide brief shelter for a lunch stop or
by taking us in for an evening to relax and recuperate before the
next day is welcome. Their ability to quench a thirst must also be
We have many unique features as a leg. Our route crosses the paths
of three other legs of Student Cross, giving us the opportunity to
spend some time with them as we all make our way to Walsingham.
Music plays a big part in carrying us along and by the end of the
week everyone joins in whatever their talent (or lack of it!). Our
liturgy is very important to us and is of course the focus of our
The community that grows and develops each year on Midland Leg comes
along with other things: humour, music, camaraderie, discussion,
friendships and good fun to be had by all.
In 2013 Midland will be Passion Leg for Student Cross, meaning that
we will lead the Passion for the whole pilgrimage when we reach
Walsingham. We will be holding a preparatory weekend from 16-17
February to plan for this (for further details please contact the
Leg Leader). Attendance at this weekend is not mandatory but anyone
who plans to walk Midland in 2013 would be very welcome.
Midland Leg pilgrim profile
Midland Leg 2013 takes place between:
Friday 22 March (evening) - Sunday 31 March 2013 (afternoon)
The Charge for the whole week is:
Student £40 - Unwaged £60 - Waged £145
This cost goes towards food, accommodation, support cars and any
other costs during the week.
Other expenses that you might have during the week are the drinks
you may want to buy and the cost of a transport to and from Student
We do not want the cost of coming on Midland Leg to be a prohibitive
factor in you being able to join us. We have the ability to provide
financial assistance to people who would otherwise not be able to
come on Student Cross.