Walking Through Scotland’s History
Monday 18th – Saturday 23rd May 2020 *
Methodist Women in Britain: Scotland Pilgrimage 2020
An opportunity for women sympathetic to Christian spirituality (but not necessarily having a professed faith or attachment to Methodism) to join together and travel as pilgrims from Glasgow to Whithorn in Galloway then to disperse from Dumfries.
* Please be aware that these dates are different to those initially publicised
Cost: £340 – includes accommodation and breakfast for five nights, transport within the pilgrimage route, three dinners, and travel from the Isle of Whithorn to Dumfries railway station. Pilgrims will need to arrange their own travel to Glasgow and from Dumfries and bring sufficient money to buy a sandwich lunch each day, two dinners, and drinks along the way: probably between £65-£100 depending on tastes!
Requirements: A good level of fitness is required. The days vary in length up to about 12 miles, but several of the days include some rough walking on uneven and occasionally steep paths. In addition, pilgrims will need to be able to carry in a rucksack the essential clothing, toiletries etc. needed for five days. Strong walking trainers with ankle support or lightweight boots are required.
Accommodation: will be in inns and small hotels and in most places will be in twin or triple rooms, so a willingness to share is also essential. (In some locations we will need people to share a double bed, so please indicate whether or not you are willing to share in this way on the application form). Accommodation along the route is not “grand” and walkers/casual clothing are welcomed.
Leaders: The leaders/chaplains for the group will be Jill Baker, a former president of MWiB and former Vice-President of the Methodist Conference and Gillian Womersley, formerly the MWiB Finance and Resources Officer. Both Gillian and Jill have walked this route in its entirety in a pilot pilgrimage in August 2018 and between us have re-walked all sections several times.
Prayer and worship: The pilgrimage aims to be inclusive of women with a range of spiritual commitment, experience and practice. Each day will include morning, midday and evening prayers. It is hoped all pilgrims will participate in these, but no-one will be put on the spot!