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

All the way to St David’s Head

What a wonderful way to finish the routing of the Via Beata! What made it so special were the people that offered Lorie Lain-Rogers and I such amazing hospitality, together with those who were able to walk with us at this last push! My prayer is that this is just a forerunner with people opening […]

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Tools – Carving a Waystation

Each Thursday a group of volunteers who are gradually accumulating hours of carving experience meet in rural Norfolk at the Via Beata headquarters to work on the latest project. As much of this blog is written by our intrepid walkers we wanted to hear a little from the carvers who work on the artworks themselves. […]

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Nearly there…..

Together with my walking companion Lorie Lain-Rogers and a local supporter, Christine Smith, we completed another section of the Via Beata at the beginning of April.   Starting in Hay on Wye, the first two days route-writing was easy as we decided to follow the Wye Valley Walk from there to Builth Wells, making two […]

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New Waystation At Kirkley in Lowestoft

For some time, things seemed to have been at a standstill in Lowestoft so on the last day of 2017 we visited Lowestoft Community Church. We were given the opportunity to share something of the project with them and we asked them to pray. They must have some good pray-ers there, because on the 12th […]

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New way station at Leamington Hastings, Warwickshire

On Thursday 21st June Steve and Gill Eggleton and Keith Drewery set off early in the morning to install the art-work and benches at Leamington Hastings in Warwickshire.         The art-work was made by the Via Beata team from Banham. The painting on the figures was done by youngsters at ‘Intents’ Christian youth […]

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Via Beata trail reaches Wales

A couple of weeks ago, Lorie Lain-Rogers and I set off to find a route from Worcester Cathderal through to Hay-on-Wye, this time using a caravan.  This gave us more flexibility than using the motorhome as previously. I had studied the long distance paths in this area and used three of them.  The Three Rivers […]

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Via Beata weekend 2018

The eagerly anticipated annual gathering of Via Beata supporters with the opportunity to greet old friends and make some new ones began, as usual, with a shared lunch supplemented with tasty homemade soups.         After a briefing, supporters set out with maps, Via Beata signs and tools to waymark the section between Roudham […]

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Creative workshops for new art-work at Leamington Hastings

  Over the last few weeks, a small team of trainee wood-carvers have been meeting in Steve Eggleton’s barn in Banham to work on the latest art-work.   It will be sited in the south porch of All Saints church in Leamington Hastings, Warwickshire. It comprises two carved oak balconies, which will be fitted on […]

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Dedication of the cross at Red Hill Christian Centre celebration

On Sunday 6th August, Steve and Gill Eggleton had the joy of joining some of the many supporters of the Red Hill community as they celebrated 25 years as a retreat centre. An added privilege was being with them as they appointed Tom Brooker as their new director.   Remarkably, the dedication of the cross […]

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Giant Cross at mid-point of Via Beata

The massive cross, which was carved by the team at Steve Eggleton’s workshop over the past few months, has finally been finished. The relief carving on the cross is of a wild OLIVE TREE grafted in to the cultivated stock, which is Israel. It refers to the passage in Romans chapter 11, where Paul quotes […]

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