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St Wilfrid's Way - Camino 2018

10th October 2018

St Wilfrid's Way  - Camino 2018 St Wilfrid's Way  - Camino 2018

Although this year there will be no Mass at Ripon Cathedral, St Wilfrid’s Way, the annual two day walking ‘Camino’ between Leeds and Ripon, will proceed as usual between 10th and 12th October!


Many thanks to those who have already expressed an interest in joining either all or ANY part of St Wilfrid's Way — and to the priests who have generously volunteered their time to celebrate Pilgrims' Masses en route. 


As ever, pilgrims are free to join ANY part of this Pilgrimage, but please do contact us as soon as possible to let us know that you intend to join us - and where - by emailing Rowan Morton-Gledhill via communications@dioceseofleeds.org.uk


Each year the walk goes through some of the most beautiful and atmospheric places associated with the Catholic history and heritage of our Diocese.  An updated copy of the St Wilfrid's Way booklet, compiled by Stephen Habron, is available to download here:



For pilgrims not wishing to walk, there are many opportunities to join in the various Pilgrims’ Masses and Devotions along the route.  Highlights include:

Day 1:
The Pilgrimage begins at Leeds Cathedral at 0815 with a Pilgrims’ Mass and Blessing.

This year as last, the Trustees of Our Lady of the Crag have kindly offered to open this mediaeval wayside shrine to visitors on the afternoon of Wednesday, 10th October from 1600 hrs.  ALL are welcome to join the walkers for the Rosary (estimated arrival time between 1615 and 1645 hrs).

Day 1 will end with a Pilgrims’ Mass at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Knaresborough at 1715 hrs.

Day 2:
1230 – Bishop Thornton.  There will be another opportunity to join the walkers for a Pilgrims’ Mass at St Joseph’s Church, Bishop Thornton.  The present presbytery was originally a Mass house, dating from around the time of the Catholic Relief Act of 1791.  The chapel of St Joseph was built on to the presbytery in 1809, making this one of the oldest Catholic churches in the Diocese.

1800 hrs – Ripon Cathedral.  In keeping with the oecumenical aspects of our Ripon Pilgrimages, there will be an opportunity to join the walkers to hear the superb Ripon Cathedral Choir sing Choral Evensong.

Day 3:
1100 – Ripon.  As building work is due to start at St Wilfrid’s Church in Ripon, the final Pilgrims’ Mass of St Wilfrid’s Way will be celebrated in honour of Our Lady and St Wilfrid at the mediaeval Chapel of St Mary Magdalen (known as ‘The Leper Chapel’).


The route is always planned with road safety in mind, along country tracks and footpaths, whilst still being within easy reach of the main A61 Leeds to Ripon road.  There is a regular rail service to Knaresborough from Leeds and Harrogate.  Walkers are advised to bring packed lunches, bottled water and sturdy footwear and clothing suitable for walking and the weather conditions! 


Here is this year’s full schedule:


Wednesday, 10th October 2018

0815 – Pilgrims’ Mass at Leeds Cathedral  (Celebrant: – TBC)

0845 – Group photograph and depart Leeds Cathedral

0900/0915 – ‘bus to Roundhay (with apologies to ‘bus pass holders!)

0915/0930 – depart Roundhay on foot

1615/1645 ETA - Chapel of Our Lady of the Crag, Abbey Rd, Knaresborough HG5 8HY.  Say the Rosary & sing Salve Regina.

1715 – Pilgrims’ Mass at St Mary’s Church, Knaresborough – Celebrant: Fr William Wright


(Either overnight in Knaresborough…OR…travel home)


Thursday, 11th October 2018

0900 – depart Knaresborough for Bishop Thornton

1200/1215 – arrive Bishop Thornton – The Presbytery, St Joseph’s Church, Colber Lane, Bishop Thornton, Nr Harrogate HG3 3JR

1230 – Pilgrims’ Mass at Bishop Thornton - Celebrant: Fr Mike Walsh

1315 – (Kitchen for tea/coffee; facilities in presbytery)

1400 – depart Bishop Thornton (hopefully to arrive in Ripon in time to attend Choral Evensong at the Cathedral at 1800 hrs)


(Either overnight in Ripon…OR…travel home)

Friday, 12th October 2018 – St Wilfrid’s Feast Day!

1100 – Mass in honour of Our Lady and St Wilfrid at Chapel of St Mary Magdalen, Magdalen's Rd, Ripon, HG4 1HT (‘The Leper Chapel’) - Celebrant: Canon Tim Swinglehurst. 

(Chapel seats congregations of 23 to 28 in the pews, extra get comfortable chairs behind the screen.  There is a loo and kettle etc and our kind hosts in the Church of England may well be able to put on tea and coffee...!)