‘When in April, sweet showers fall

Stanford is a Catholic and the content of his book is heavily weighted towards Christian routes and shrines such as Santiago de Compostela, Lourdes, and Rome. Nevertheless, he treads a balanced and respectful line across the wider religious terrain.

Pilgrim for a Day

While many pilgrimages are epic in distance and duration at the other end of the spectrum, small local sites or shrines allow pilgrims to step outside the cacophony of daily life for a few hours at most.  My personal favourite is a journey of around 50 miles to St Peter’s on the Wall; the oldest extant … Continue reading Pilgrim for a Day