The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

Walk St Wilfrid’s Way

The newest Diocese of Leeds Pilgrimage – the two-day-long St Wilfrid’s Way Camino which began in 2016 – returns this year between Friday 11 and Saturday 12 October!

The route, which stretches from Leeds to Ripon, goes through some of the most notable sites of Catholic heritage within our Diocese, of which St Wilfrid is one of our Patrons, along with Our Lady of Unfailing Help.

Beginning at 8 am on Friday with a Pilgrims’ Mass at Leeds Cathedral, the journey will continue onward, visiting the Carmelite Monastery at Wood Hall, en route to the first day’s destination: the mediaeval Chapel of Our Lady of the Crag in Knaresborough.

Highlights of the second day will include St Joseph’s Church and historic Presbytery at Bishop Thornton (the oldest Mass House in the Diocese), and passing by the Recusant Catholic site, Markenfield Hall, before ending the pilgrimage with a Vigil Mass for St Wilfrid’s Feast Day (12 October) at the stunning Church of St Wilfrid in Ripon, designed by Joseph Hansom and Edward Pugin.

Pilgrims are welcome to join any part of this pilgrimage – but should first register their interest and ask for a booklet showing the full route by emailing Rowan Morton-Gledhill at

For more information, see the attached poster which is available to download here: 2019 POSTER FOR SWW_short version

The schedule with confirmed start and Mass times and approximate timings and distances along the route may be viewed here: 2019 POSTER FOR SWW

We will walk through parts of the following Parishes:
Leeds                        Mother of Unfailing Help & St. John Mary Vianney
Wetherby                  St Joseph’s
Knaresborough        St Mary’s
Harrogate,                 St Joseph’s
Bishop Thornton      St Joseph’s
Ripon                         St Wilfrid’s


St Wilfrid’s Way 2018 – Our Lady of the Crag, Knaresborough

St Wilfrid’s Way 2018 – Fountains Abbey


Our Patron, St Wilfrid – (c. 633 to c. 709)