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

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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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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Stretham Artwork is Complete

It took nearly a year of work and then another year to season the wood, but the artwork for Stretham church is complete.  It is a bit unusual for the carving team because it is a ‘true sculpture’ rather than relief work that is normally put onto benches or panels.   This work is also special […]

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Gillian Hulme from Bishop Stortford is the first person (That we know of) to cycle the Via Beata – Here is her account!

Read more at bsm-church.org.uk/ourminister.htm The Via Beata is a new pilgrim route running across the widest part of the country from Lowestoft to St David’s. Conceived as a millennium project wood carver Steve Edrington and his wife Gill have been trying to place prayer way stations every ten miles along this route (for further info […]

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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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