Dorset pupils walk 47 miles for the Diocesan Youth Pilgrimage

Pupils from All Saints School in Weymouth, Dorset, embarked on a three-and-a-half-day walk this week. Accompanied by members of the staff and with the Archdeacon of Dorset and diocesan Youth and Children's Adviser in tow. They began their adventure early Sunday morning at Durdle Door before walking 47 miles to St Wite's shrine at Whitchurch Canonicorum.

The group rose to the challenge of traveling many miles, climbing hills, and crossing shingle. They slept in churches and church halls, relying on the generosity of the local churches for food and shelter as they journeyed together physically, personally and spiritually, while building a sense of team and community. 

Revd Margaret Preuss-Higham of Churches of Abbotsbury, Portesham and Langton Herring shared on social media: "There is a first time for everything - diocesan pilgrimage. Fabulous young people camped in our garden after a 13 mile walk. Tasty food, fun time and marshmallows toasted over the fire pit. Bacon rolls for breakfast and off they went for the next stage of their pilgrimage! A privilege to send them off with a blessing." 

Hope House, Weymouth, a project for young people, children, families and the community of Weymouth and that featured in the Archbishop's June visit, tweeted "Day 2 of the #asp23 (All Saints Pilgrimage 23) 14 miles done today. The students were strong, determined and courageous. Pretty much like Joshua. Well done gang." 

Next week, we'll be releasing a video of the pilgrimage. Keep an eye out for it! 

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