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?


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.



Commissioning of the Lowestoft Artwork

Commissioning of the Lowestoft Artwork

A sailboat with red sails was beating up against the wind close to the wall of the South Pier at Lowestoft while the new way station was being commissioned. On the Pier, the Great Yarmouth brass band, resplendent in navy blue with gold piping, struck up the tune of “Eternal Father strong to save”.  The […]

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Steve and Gill Head West

On Saturday the 4th of September, we had the joy of joining Through Faith Missions for their annual conference and celebration after completion of their Walk The Way Mission.  Many testimonies of lives touched and the Lord’s wonderful provision. We presented Tim and Georigina with the carved board for their new office. It was made […]

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Walk The Way – Through Faith Missions

What a delight it was to have Through Faith Missions team walking from both ends of the trail to the middle, sharing the gospel as they went.   We met up with some of those walking when they visited Rowancroft.

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Cherries, plums and a peregrine!!

Lorie and I had set four days aside with the expectation of waymarking from St Ives through to Watford in Northamptonshire. As usual, my expectation of what we could achieve was outweighed by the reality. We reached Raunds! Way short of Watford. The incessant rain didn’t help either, turning the footpaths across the fields into muddy […]

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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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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:


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:



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    Rowancroft, Kenninghall Road, Banham, NR16 2HE