Our walkers completed the final part of their walk from Glossop to St Barnabas Cathedral on Sunday 4th June. We hope you enjoy the photographs and it’s not too late to show your support by sponsoring our walkers.

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Pentecost Sunday, 4th June

Today was the final stage of our walk from Glossop and an intermediate stage for Canon Eddy on his walk.
A group of 11 people (ourselves, Canon Eddy, John Curran, fellow Catenians Stewart, Hugh and Stephen, and last, but not least, our daughter, Emma, son-in-law James and granddaughters Tilly (2) and Annie (1) )  met at Holy Spirit, West Bridgford at 8.15 this morning to walk to the Cathedral in time for 10am Mass. We were seen off by Frs Michael and John who resisted the temptation to join us on a glorious sunny morning as we walked over the suspension bridge, along the embankment under Trent Bridge then followed the canal to the centre of Nottingham.
Canon Eddy went ahead as he was the celebrant for Mass and needed to prepare for the service. We were made very welcome at the Cathedral and Canon Eddy managed to incorporate some aspects of the walk in his homily by quoting a phrase from the Sequence –  ‘Guide the steps that go astray’.
(we might have used the phrases ‘Thou in toil art comfort sweet;Pleasant coolness in the heat;’!!).
As the 10am Mass ended , there was a swift turnover at the Cathedral in preparation for the 11.15 Mass and Confirmation service. Nevertheless, Bishop Patrick found time to welcome us all to the Cathedral and to thank us for our efforts on what has been an increasingly uplifting ‘pilgrimage’ from Glossop to Nottingham – we will be forever grateful for the support, hospitality and friendship we have received from so many people along the way.
We wish Canon Eddy every success as he continues his walk onwards to his home parish of Scunthorpe and then, finally, to Alkborough.
John & Gillian F.


After a good breakfast with Karen and collecting our lovely  packed lunch, attended Mass at 9.30 at St Francis of Assisi, Long Eaton.
Set off for West Bridgford with largest accompanying group of trip – 6 parishioners (Mary, Carol, Angela, Sandra, David and Paul), 1 priest (Fr Martin) and 1 Lady (the dog!). A beautiful day to walk the 10 miles along the Trent Valley Way with stops for coffee at Beeston Marina, lunch beside the Trent (decided not to call in at Restaurant Sat Bains which we passed!) then apples (or ice cream for some!) on the River Embankment in Nottingham.  Reached Holy Spirit, West Bridgford at about 3.45 to be met with a very welcome cup of tea.

Last long walk of what has been a wonderful ‘pilgrimage’ from Glossop to Nottingham across the western parts of the diocese – wonderful scenery, welcoming people and great hospitality.

Our last leg is from West Bridgford to the Cathedral at 8.30 on Pentecost Sunday to arrive for Mass at 10am – a fitting end to a walk of about 180km which has included visits to 14 churches, 5 Masses and being hosted for 9 nights by some wonderful, generous and interesting people. We hope that it has raised some awareness of the appeal for sick and retired priests and, hopefully, some money has been raised for the appeal.


Haven’t had internet for a few days and now in Long Eaton. Sunday’s
walk from Matlock to Belper was superb. Just the two of us. Started
from church after 8.30 Mass and went up High Tor on way to Matlock Bath
– lots of motorbikes with riders admiring each other’s bikes.
Nottingham model boat club had exhibition at Cromford wharf including
model duck and ducklings! Followed Cromford canal to Ambergate then
DVHW to Belper. Superb mill and parkland at entrance to town then some
fascinating mill workers’ cottages and cobbled streets. Excellent
welcome at OL of Perpetual Succour with tea and cakes baked by Barbara ,
Fr Michael, Margaret, Sean, Theresa, Alan and many more to welcome us.
Dinner with Sean, Theresa and Imogen then very comfortable overnight
with Alan and Heather. Monday morning Mass concelebrated by Fr Michael
and Bishop Patrick then more tea and cakes from Barbara before setting
off with BP and 6 others from the parish. Most enjoyable walk to Derby
via Little Eaton and Darley Abbey though experienced first rain of walk
then another warm welcome at St Mary’s with tea and biscuits and Frs
Tim and Neil and several parishioners. Still amazed at the warmth of
our welcomes throughout the walk and the great hospitality offered by
our hosts – Gerry and Barbara offered wonderful food, drink and
hospitality in their lovely home. Today we were joined by Bernard and
Jane from St Mary’s, Loughborough ( and Loughborough Catenian Circle)
for the walk along the Derwent Valley Heritage Way and Trent Valley Way
to Long Eaton- our longest so far of over 25 km but very enjoyable in
much improved weather. Another great welcome at St Francis of Assisi
from parishioners and Fr Martin- we’ve realised over the walk that tea
is the most refreshing drink of all. Have just finished a most welcome
dinner with host Karen and Fr Martin so now face final stretch to West
Bridgford tomorrow- expect to be accompanied by several walkers from St
Francis. The whole walk has been interesting and inspirational-
wonderful people, beautiful scenery and, we hope, some money raised and
attention drawn to a very worthwhile cause.



Our walkers ready to leave on their next part of the walk.



Now in Matlock with Fr Robbie so back on wifi after yesterday’s blank!
Yesterday’s walk from Buxton to Bakewell was superb- brilliant warm
sunshine, the most magnificent scenery in Wyedale and Cheedale and then
a warm reception in Bakewell. The walk had taken us from the gritstone
of the Dark Peak to the limestone of the White Peak area – we also left
the noise from the airplanes going to Manchester !! We stayed with
Elizabeth in Bakewell- a widow who’s husband had been a deacon – and Fr
Hugh joined us later in the evening. He hadn’t been able to come for
dinner but Elizabeth packed him a huge meal to take home.
> After 2 days walking without company, we were joined today by 5
friends from the Catenians and St Mary’s, Loughborough. Our route is
now following the Derwent Valley Heritage Trail and will do so until we
reach the Trent on Tuesday. The weather seems to be changing but we’ve
been very lucky so far. We were welcomed by Fr Robbie by a lovely
afternoon tea and ,after Mass at 6 pm he’s now cooking dinner- since he
asked the congregation to pray for us we hope it’s good!
Will try to keep you informed of progress



Another splendid day – especially the weather!
Started with Mass at 8.30 said by Fr Kevin – again made very welcome by
everyone with great interest in what we were doing. An elderly farmer
who we passed while walking although not a Catholic was very interested
and sent his best wishes to us and the priests.
Walked alone today along the Midshires Way – glorious scenery with
spectacular views down to Buxton. Unfortunately the new parish priest,
Fr Gerry was busy with Bishop Patrick at opening of new school
buildings and confirmation in Glossop tonight.
Made very welcome on arrival at St Anne’s and met Paul, tonight’s host.
Been treated to a lovely Italian restaurant in Buxton by Paul,Iris,
Bruce and Peter – all parishioners at St Anne’s.
Today was fairly short (just over 10 miles) but memorable for all the
right reasons.
Might not have internet tomorrow but will try to keep you posted.
Best wishes
J & G

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Another splendid day is drawing to a close. Started with a wonderful
breakfast with Peter and Teresa at Marple Bridge then 9.30 Mass at St
Mary’s. Well attended with Year 4 from the school. Fr John made us very
welcome,included us in the prayers then we had 15 mins Q and A with the
children after Mass. 4 walkers plus dog walked to New Mills for an
excellent lunch in the church hall, then carried on with Joe for
company (part of the way) to Chapel- en-le-Frith to be met by Peter
Barnes and Fr Kevin at St Thomas More at about 5pm. Weather,scenery and
company all very uplifting and lots of support from parishioners and
people we have met. Spent a lovely evening with Peter, Cecelia and Fr
Kevin with plenty of good food and drink. An early start tomorrow with
Mass at 8.30 though tomorrow’s walk to Buxton is a little shorter than
the first two days. So far very worthwhile and uplifting.


From John and Gillian Fernandez

Had a brilliant start to the walk. Excellent hosts last night with
Paddy and Daphne in Glossop – took in an extra church in St Mary’s
Crowned, Glossop!
Started at 10am at All Saints accompanied by 5 walkers. Picked up a
further 2 walkers at Hadfield and had a short service there from Fr Don
before we set off.
Had a wonderful lunch supplied by the ladies at Broadbottom before
continuing on to Marple Bridge to be met by Fr John and our hosts,
Peter and Teresa.
Superb weather, beautiful scenery and wonderful part of the world.


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