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St Hilda’s Way – 1
July 30, 2018, 5:49 pm
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We recently had holiday in North Yorkshire and I was able to spend some time walking the St Hilda’s Way pilgrim route.

It is a great little route, around 40 miles, linking the churches in a deanery, with a mixture of moorland walking and then the Esk Valley.

It starts at Hinderwell, where Hilda found the holy well and ended a drought, and ends at her abbey in Whitby.

There is a helpful guidebook (I will give the link in the next post).

We were lucky enough to be in Hinderwell for the annual Well Eucharist (first Sunday of July). Mass is outdoors, around the well, with renewal of Baptismal Promises and impressive asperges.

Holy wells and springs are an important part of my spirituality, and this was very moving, especially as tge well had been the main water source for the village. It is lovely to see how it remains at the heart of village and church.

More to follow …

a walk across the moors

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