Yarmouth 21st August
Norwich 24th August
King's Lynn 29th August
COP26 Pilgrimage Great Yarmouth to King’s Lynn 21st - 29th August
Quakers and the Church of England in Norfolk are holding a multifaith pilgrimage towards Glasgow, where the COP 26 climate summit will take place in November. The pilgrimage is planned as a relay from Quaker meeting house to meeting house or church to church, starting from Great Yarmouth on the 21st August and following the Cross-Norfolk Trail through Norwich on 24th before arriving in King’s Lynn on 29th August. At King’s Lynn the pilgrims will hopefully ‘pass on the baton’ to another group in the next county, as part of other pilgrimages that are taking place across the country. The idea is that anyone can participate by walking, riding a bike or even getting a bus or train. Other groups will start from different locations and act as tributaries to the main route joining at convenient points.
The pilgrimage welcomes all those of faith or none to join to express their urgent concern that COP 26 produces realistic commitments to the radical changes needed to save the planet from ecological disaster.
All are welcome to be involved by:
- By walking part or all of the route with the group
- By writing a letter to the Prime Minister, or other influential people, and leaving it at one of the ‘waystations’, to be posted together with others
STAGE 1 Yarmouth to Dereham
Day 1 - 21st August - Great Yarmouth to Reedham
Trains into Great Yarmouth the earliest leaves Norwich 0506 and arrives 0540 then every 30 mins
Gathering – At Britannia Pier : Time 10 a.m.
https://www.plotaroute.com/route/1580676 follows the Wherryman’s Way. – 10.7 miles. estimated time to complete 4hrs 28 at 2.5 mph – 5 hours with stops
Way Station None
N.B. This is a wilderness walk. There are no opportunities for refreshment and no other facilities on the way. Pilgrims can join or leave midway at the Berney Arms railway station which a request stop!
Concludes at Reedham Church (The Railway Station is a further 1.5 miles https://www.plotaroute.com/route/1623507)
Overnight Accommodation at the church.
Day 2 – Sunday 22nd August - Reedham to Rockland St. Mary
(This is the longest day of the Norfolk Relay)
Trains into Reedham Earliest Norwich 0506 and arrives 0540 then every 30 mins
Gathering - at Reedham Railway Station : Time 10 a.m.
(From the Church to the Railway Station is 1.5 miles https://www.plotaroute.com/route/1623507)
Reedham to Rockland St. Mary https://www.plotaroute.com/route/1600495 - continues on the Wherryman’s Way crossing on the Reedham Ferry (Passenger fee 50 pence) 16 miles, estimated time to complete 6.5 hrs with stops 7.5 hrs
N.B. Rockland St. Mary has no bus service on Sundays
Loddon/Chedgrave at the 5 mile point is connected to Norwich and Lowestoft by the X21 and X22 buses These have a reduced service on Sunday. There are shops, pubs and café’s in Loddon.
Way Station - There will be refreshments available at All Saints, Chedgrave
Concludes at St. Mary’s Church, Rockland.
Overnight Accommodation at the Burning Bush Barn close by.
Day 3 - 23rd August - Rockland to Norwich
First bus into Rockland, Our Bus 85, leaves Norwich 0858 and Arrives 0915 hrs.
Gathering - at St. Mary’s Church : Time 10 a.m.
https://www.plotaroute.com/route/1623565 - continues on the Wherryman’s Way – 11.5 miles - estimated time to complete at 2.5 mph 4.6 hrs 6hrs with stops
Way Station Surlingham Church– To Be Arranged
Surlingham, at the 4 mile point has connections to Norwich by Our Bus 85.
There are pubs at Surlingham (3.5 miles) and Bramerton Wood End (4 miles) and a café at Whitlingham Country Park at 8 miles
Concludes at St. Peter Mancroft Church and Norwich Quaker Meeting House
Overnight Accommodation arranged by Norwich churches and Friends
Day 4 – 24th August Norwich to Weston Longville
Gathering at St. Peter Mancroft : Time : 10 a.m.
Norwich to Weston Longville https://www.plotaroute.com/route/1659402 - following the Marriott’s Way and then the Walsingham Way - 11 miles estimated time to complete 4.5 hrs with stops 5.5.,
Way Station St. Margaret, Drayton at the 5 mile point
Drayton also has shops and pubs- good bus connections in both directions
Concludes at All Saints Church, Weston Longville
Overnight Accommodation - Arranged by Weston Longville Church
Day 5 – 25th August - Weston Longville to Dereham
Gathering All Saints Church Church, Weston Longville: Time : 10 a.m.
Weston Longville to Dereham https://www.plotaroute.com/route/1589959 - 11.5 miles estimated time to complete at 2.5 mph 4.6 hrs 6hrs
Pub at Elsing (4 miles)
Way Station Swanton Morley Church at the 6 mile mark. Swanton Morley is connected to Norwich and Dereham by Konnect Bus .
Concludes at St. Nicholas Church, Dereham
Overnight Accommodation arranged by Dereham Church
Stage 2 Dereham to King's Lynn
Day 6 - 26th August - Dereham to Litcham
First Bus Konnect Bus 8 0714 from Norwich Arrives at 0800 Excel D 0745 Arrive at 0820
Gathering at St. Nicholas Church, Dereham : Time 10 a.m.
Dereham to Litcham - https://www.plotaroute.com/route/1585270 - following the Nar Valley Way from Gressenhall 11.5 miles estimated time to complete at 2.5 mph 4.6 hrs, 6hrs with stops.
Way Station at Gressenhall
There are village stores in Gressenhall (4 miles) and Mileham (8 miles)
Concludes at All Saints’ Church, Litcham
Overnight Accommodation provided by Litcham Church
Day 7 - 27th August - Litcham to Narborough -
Gathering at All Saints’ Church, Litcham : Time 10 a.m.
Litcham to Narborough https://www.plotaroute.com/route/1585275 continues on the Nar Valley Way 11.5 miles estimated time to complete at 2.5 mph 4.6 hrs, 6hrs with stops.
Way Station – St. James Church, Castle Acre at the 5 mile point also has pubs shops
Concludes at All Saints’ Church, Narborough
Narborough is served by the Excel A, B & C buses.
Overnight Accommodation provided by Narborough Church
Day 8 - 28th August – Narborough to Gayton
Gathering at All Saints’ Church, Narborough Time 10 a.m.
Narborough is served by the Excel A, B & C buses.
Narborough to Gayton https://www.plotaroute.com/route/1643740
Way Station to be confirmed
Concludes at Gayton St. Nicholas
Gayton is served by Lynx 48 Bus Service. The last bus on Saturday is 17.15hrs
Overnight Accommodation provided by Gayton Church
Day 9 - 29th August – Gayton to Kings Lynn St John's Church Blackfriars Road, then Quaker Meeting House
Gathering at St. Nicholas Church Gayton Time 08.30 AM
There are no buses on Sunday
Gayton to Kings Lynn https://www.plotaroute.com/route/1643742
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