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

Wolfhamcote Commissioning Service

Wolfhamcote Commissioning Service

On the 26th of June 2022 Steve and Gill Eggleton travelled from Banham in Norfolk to the midlands where, at a church in the village of Wolfhamcote near Daventry, the newest artwork was being installed and commissioned amongst great fanfare and supporters from near and far. Christine Sanderson writes: You remember that joyous energy and […]

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Churches Offering Free Accommodation to Pilgrims

Churches Offering Free Accommodation to Pilgrims

By Adam Jackson, Administrator. I am often very excited to find connections to the Via Beata that have grown up organically from seeds that we did not even know about.  Its beautiful to see something of God’s eye view of the bigger picture. If you look at #ViaBeata on instagram a whole collection of photos […]

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Biddy’s Walking Guinea Pigs Complete the Via Beata

Biddy’s Walking Guinea Pigs Complete the Via Beata

Via Beata – The Blessed way – A pilgrimage in modern times 2017 – 2022 (With the Covid pandemic causing a two year gap)  Four women from Norfolk set out to explore the route alongside their personal  journeys.  Five years of walking as a team has added a further dimension of joy to our lives, […]

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Via Beata Supporter’s Supper

Via Beata Supporter’s Supper

Each April we have a supporter’s supper where Steve is able to share updates with friends, supporters and those who pray for the Via Beata.  There is a whole year of developments and much to be grateful for.  This year we were joined by Daniel Holland who is the evangelist for Through Faith Missions. This […]

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A new route through Herefordshire

The straight line from Lowestoft and St David’s Head is easy to draw on a map, not so easy to find footpaths to match. This was why the original route through Herefordshire followed the Wye Valley Way for much of it. However, there was a dearth of way stations. None in fact. That is why […]

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New Waystations and Old Friends.

Steve and Gill have travelled down to St. David’s and back. Here is the account of their adventure.   We left here at 5.30 on Saturday morning, which meant that we were able to have breakfast at 8 am at the Corley services on the M6. From there, we drove on to meet with Ray […]

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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

Contact

    Contact Info

    01953 887 579

    steve@ViaBeata.co.uk

    Rowancroft, Kenninghall Road, Banham, NR16 2HE

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