A pilgrimage with a difference... with a dream to span Great Britain from Lowestoft to St Davids.

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What is the Via Beata Project?

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As this new millennium has unfolded, we have felt that God has been calling us to establish a major trail of Christian art-works that will communicate His love for people, and for the U.K. Gradually it has become clear that we should establish a sort of pilgrimage route across the U.K. from East to West at its widest point.

It was only when we came to set out this line from Lowestoft to St. David’s, that we discovered that it came right through our property here at Rowancroft, Banham, Norfolk. Consequently the first way-station was set up here in the Summer of 2009 and we have worked outwards to the East and to the West with the initial aim of establishing a way-station every ten miles or so and linking them with existing footpaths and rights-of-way.

The name ‘Via Beata’ means ‘a way of blessing’. As this project has developed, we have been constantly surprised by the ways in which this blessing has touched individuals, churches, groups and events. This has been far beyond our early expectations. Our initial thought was that we would be commissioning artists to create pieces to place along the route, but increasingly we are working with churches, group projects and Christian events to make them.

As we look to the future, we are confident that the blessing will continue and increase. Our prayer is that it will touch more and more people, communities and churches, and ultimately will be a blessing for our nation.

Way-Stations

Blog

Via Beata coast to coast bike ride

Via Beata – Report on a coast to coast cycle ride by Paul Appleby (Editor’s note: John and Paul raised £6,700 to date for the national charity Emmaus which has 29 centres across the UK, including one in Ditchingham, Suffolk) Summary “The two of us – John Pinnington and I – cycled around 470 miles, […]

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Bench Way-Station at Knightwick in Worcestershire

It was the 24th of May when Steve and Gill arrived at the Knightwick hotel in Worcestershire, to deliver the bench which we had made with the team at Rowancroft. The back of the bench tells the story of the Good Samaritan and on the slats of the bench are words from Paul’s letter to […]

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New site for way station at Great Moulton, Norfolk

The way-station at Great Moulton in Norfolk was one of the earliest to be put in place. It stood in the grounds of the South Norfolk Guest House, which was then owned by Simon and Heather Moss. When the guest-house changed hands, a few years ago, the new owners asked us to relocate the way-station. […]

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Kevin Burgess continues his trial runs

Dr Kevin Burgess is continuing his trial runs along the Via Beata route. This time he covered the distance between Great Moulton and Quidenham.  He stopped at the Prodigal Son way station at Banham where Steve and Gill Eggleton live. Somewhere along the way he encountered some rather noisy chickens. Kevin is planning to run […]

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Walking, running and cycling the Via Beata

Thank goodness that last year we finished the draft route for the Via Beata through to St David’s Head. The plan had been that this year we would go back over the parts of the route from Brandon to Wellingborough that had not yet been waymarked.   Covid-19 put paid to our plans until September […]

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Via Beata has not been hampered by Covid restrictions!

Although much of the world has been held back by the Covid restrictions during these past few months, The Via Beata project has continued to forge ahead.       Firstly, the large stainless steel sculpture for the South Pier at Lowestoft is complete. Paul Pibworth, the sculptor has been able to get on with this. He […]

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How can I help?

The Via Beata is powered by volunteers!  You could really make a difference by offering skills and time to the project.  Here are a few ways you can help:

Walking

The Via Beata route is a pilgrimage route of over 400 miles long.  We are working on making available tools that will make walking and riding the route as easy as possible.  If you would like to download our Beta GPX data for the route, download guides or maps all of that will be available here:

TOOLS FOR WALKERS

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01953 887 579

steve@ViaBeata.co.uk

Rowancroft, Kenninghall Road, Banham, NR16 2HE

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