Pilgrimages have played a significant and prominent role in religions across the world for thousands of years. Evidence of Christian pilgrimages to the Holy Land date back to the 4th Century with pilgrim walks first made to sites associated with the Life of Jesus and latterly to those associated with Saints.
There is a network of pilgrim paths across England, Scotland and Wales, most notably the start of the Via Francigena, which begins at Canterbury Cathedral. Pilgrim’s Way traverses the south of the country from Winchester to Canterbury, while North Wales sees Pilgrims walk the coastal path to Bardsey Island. In Scotland, St Cuthbert is honoured with the St Cuthbert’s Way path starting at Melrose Abbey in the Scottish Borders, running to the tidal Holy Island of Lindisfarne, burial place of the Saint, off the coast of Northumberland.