Cirencester to Burford
Quaker Pilgrimage to COP26 – Cirencester Meeting House to Burford Meeting House
Cirencester Quakers are making a pilgrimage from Cirencester Meeting House northwards to Burford Meeting House, where we will be welcomed at the end of August. We are walking cheerfully to show our commitment to our testimonies of truth and integrity, peace, equality, simplicity and sustainability, and to express our urgent concern that the climate talks at COP 26 produce realistic commitments by governments to the radical changes needed to save the planet from ecological disaster.
Our pilgrimage began on Sunday August 1st with the first
of several stages, walking northwards along the route of
the Palladian Way (a long distance path) which takes us
over footpaths, through fields and along ancient tracks
and lanes. We are carrying banners printed by one of our
Our first relay led through the centre of Cirencester
along the City Bank and to the small village of Preston.
Our first letter to Boris Johnson was posted here
The second stage of our pilgrimage started at the church in Ampney Crucis, passed
through barley fields to the village of Barnsley,
then through the Barnsley Estate and Cadmoor
Copse to Ablington. Our next stage followed
an old drovers’ road to Bibury and along the
River Coln to Hatherop.
From Hatherop we will walk along the old
Roman road of Akeman Street to Holwell,
and our final stage will take us from Holwell
to Burford Meeting House where we will be
welcomed with tea and cake, and present
Quakers there with one of our banners!
Meanwhile, our Friend, Alison Crane,
has walked from Painswick Meeting House to
be welcomed at Cirencester Meeting House o
n one of her pilgrimages between all the
Meeting Houses in Gloucester AM.