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Pilgrimage on Foot From Ammerdown to Witham Abbey

A pilgrimage is often an outward reflection of an inward journey. It can give us space to ponder our own lives as well as a chance to share with others as we experience the land and the environment we pass through.

Our pre-Easter pilgrimage this year takes us to Witham Friary, site of the first Carthusian monastery in Britain. It was founded by Henry II as part of his penance for instigating the murder of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury at that time. We will pass by the church at Mells where the war poet Siegfried Sassoon is buried, before walking down Mells stream through the woods and across to Nunney for a simple ploughman’s lunch.  In the centre of Nunney is a stunning 14th century castle with a moat built by Sir John de la Mare from the proceeds of fighting in the Hundred Years War. We will end our day by visiting the site of the monastery before continuing onto the village of Witham Friary itself to finish with a simple service in what was the lay brothers’ church. This became the parish church after the dissolution of the priory in 1539.

This is an all-day walk of around fourteen miles requiring a good level of fitness. Bring waterproofs, a water bottle and walking boots (with a spare pair of socks) as the walk is likely to be wet and muddy in places.

 

Led by: Mark Scholefield

Saturday: Start at 8am in Ammerdown Chapel. Returning to Ammerdown at approximately 5.30pm

A pilgrimage is often an outward reflection of an inward journey. It can give us space to ponder our own lives as well as a chance to share with others as we experience the land and the environment we pass through.

Our pre-Easter pilgrimage this year takes us to Witham Friary, site of the first Carthusian monastery in Britain. It was founded by Henry II as part of his penance for instigating the murder of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury at that time. We will pass by the church at Mells where the war poet Siegfried Sassoon is buried, before walking down Mells stream through the woods and across to Nunney for a simple ploughman’s lunch.  In the centre of Nunney is a stunning 14th century castle with a moat built by Sir John de la Mare from the proceeds of fighting in the Hundred Years War. We will end our day by visiting the site of the monastery before continuing onto the village of Witham Friary itself to finish with a simple service in what was the lay brothers’ church. This became the parish church after the dissolution of the priory in 1539.

This is an all-day walk of around fourteen miles requiring a good level of fitness. Bring waterproofs, a water bottle and walking boots (with a spare pair of socks) as the walk is likely to be wet and muddy in places.

A simple lunch and transport back to Ammerdown is included so bookings need to be received by 1 March.

Mark Scholefield has been contributing to the life and work of Ammerdown since 2005. He runs courses on a variety of subjects including the spirituality of Thomas Merton, and is a long-standing practitioner of Zen. His exhibition of photographs ‘The Dancing Waters of El Canigo’ will be on show at Ammerdown in 2015.

 

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