What is the JPII Pilgrimage?

The John Paul II Pilgrimage is a 50 miles walk from Bury St Edmunds to Walsingham happening every summer.

The pilgrimage has been running since 2006. It starts on Thursday afternoon in Bury St Edmunds with an opening Mass.

We spend the first evening and night in Bury St Edmunds on the floor of the parish hall, and the following nights on the floors of halls and gyms on the way. Sleeping bags and sleeping mats/airbeds are required.

We walk from Brandon to Swaffham on the first day, from Swaffham to West Raynham on the 2nd day and from West Raynham to Walsingham on the 3rd day, using footpaths and small roads.

Our luggage is transported for us and food is provided by Sr Julie: picnic lunches and hot meal in the evening.

We arrive for the pilgrim Mass in Walsingham on Sunday and then picnic, walk the holy mile and finish with evening prayer and benediction in Walsingham parish church.

Pilgrims can arrive by train in Bury St Edmunds on the Thursday and are given a lift to Cambridge railway station on Sunday evening (trains from 7pm onwards)

For 3 days, we walk to Walsingham, 20 miles on Friday and Saturday and 10 miles on Sunday.

We have a group of pilgrims of various ages, including families. We have from 30 and 60 people joining us every year.

Everyday there is Mass, Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, Compline, and Benediction. During the walk we pray the rosary and we have catechetical talks given.

The cost is £90 per head, £60 for students/unemployed and £50 per head for families. It includes everything (food and lodging) from Bury St Edmunds to Walsingham.

If you wish to book your place for this year’s pilgrimage, fill the registration form below.

For more details, use the contact form.


Unfortunately, this year we’ve had to cancel the 2020 Pilgrimage due to the spread of COVID-19.