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Bishops’ Pilgrimage

The Bishops' Lent Pilgrimage from Dunwich to the Cathedral at Bury St Edmunds from March 1 to March 11 takes the following route:

  • March 1 Dunwich to Yoxford (about 7 miles)
  • March 2 Yoxford to Bruisyard (about 7 miles)
  • March 3 Bruisyard to Framlingham (about 5 miles) *
  • March 5 Framlingham to Earl Soham (about 4 miles)
  • March 6 Earl Soham to Debenham (about 8½ miles) *
  • March 7 Debenham to Earl Stonham (about 8 miles)
  • March 8 Earl Stonham to Stowmarket (St Peter & St Mary) (about 8½ miles) *am
  • March 9 Stowmarket to Drinkstone (about 9 miles) *pm
  • March 10 Drinkstone to Bury St Edmunds (Hospice Chapel) (about 8½ miles)

*these days include private visits which have been arranged for the Bishops and are less suitable for additional walkers.

The Pilgrimage starts on the beach at Dunwich (in church if wet) at 9.00am with Eucharist and ashing, and ends at the Diocesan Synod in the Cathedral on 11 March.

Each section of the pilgrimage starts and ends at a Church in the Diocese, with morning and evening prayer respectively. All walks start at 9.00am with a short service at the church, except Wednesday 1 March which starts with Eucharist on the beach and Sunday 5 March which starts immediately at 2.30pm.

Everyone is invited to walk with the Bishops for part or all of each day. However days marked * are less suitable for additional walkers. See Diocesan Website for further details. The afternoons of Sunday 5 and Wednesday 8 March are especially suitable for additional walkers, and the Wednesday afternoon has public transport back to your starting place.

Please note that walks are not circular so please plan parking/public transport accordingly.

  • Pilgrimage Map-+

    Below is a map of the Bishop's Pilgrimage from Dunwich to Bury St Edmunds. It marks the locations of all the churches that they will be visiting on route.

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