The Walsingham Way: England's ancient pilgrimage
"When England returns to Walsingham, Our Lady will return to England" - Pope Leo XIII.
To all appearances, Walsingham is no different from any other out-of-the-way English country town: cobbled streets, whitewashed buildings, no supermarket, and temperamental wi-fi coverage. Why, then, do Christian pilgrims still come there, as they have for nearly a thousand years? And why would a young Australian don a backpack and hiking boots and travel to the other side of the world to follow in their footsteps?
From King's Lynn through the Sandringham woods, via a ruined castle, an Anglo-Saxon burial mound, nettle-choked lanes and a host of tiny country churches that gave shelter from the changing weather; Penny Renner recounts her four-day walking pilgrimage across Norfolk to the Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham.
Built in the year 1061 after the Blessed Virgin appeared to a local noblewoman in a dream, the shrine was torn down during the Reformation and re-built in the early twentieth century. The quiet country town that houses it has been a site of both religious conflict and profound devotion for centuries. Join Penny for an evening as she tells its story, and hers.
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