How do I create a Pilgrim Path at my church?
Creating your own pilgrim path is a wonderful way of bringing congregations and communities together, both within towns and villages and beyond. The Pilgrim Path Project was initiated by Chipping Norton Deanery, but other Benefices and Deaneries have taken the idea and made it their own.
Oxford Diocese produced a map illustrating some interesting churches within the Diocese: see map
Some have decided to design a map which simply shows how all the churches in an area can be reached by footpaths.
Some have designed circular routes which include every church in the area in one long path – see Deddington Deanery
If you are beginning your own Pilgrim Path Project, you might like to consider:
- What is the purpose of the project? It might be to bring local people together, or something to offer tourists. It might be to share the Christian faith with people or encourage practising Christians in their journey. It might be to highlight your buildings or your communities.
- How many people do you have to help you (the more the merrier!)
- How long should each walk be? – The average walking pace is 2 miles an hour on broadly level ground. Extremes of age (older or younger) lengthen the time.
- Do you want to link two churches together, or more?
- Should the walk(s) be circular?
- Will you provide route directions/illustrations/maps/reflections? Be careful of copyright infringements. Although Pilgrim Path Project material is available free, permission must first be sought from the Project Director, and copyright acknowledged.
- Will you offer guided walks?
- If you have queries, the Project Director will be delighted to help, and can occasionally offer to visit a location and facilitate meetings and discussions (see Contact page). Priority will be given to places within the Oxford Diocese.