For those of you who missed the Cornwall Faith Forum’s walk along St Michael’sWay, there’s another chance to undertake this on Wednesday, 25th October. Janet McEwan is organising an an interfaith and interdisciplinary walk along the route. Janet says ‘We will be walking the route with a group of invited speakers and guests with diverse backgrounds. Conversation generated along the way will inform a modest printed ‘companion’ for the walk that will be available in the new year, and used as a guide for a public walk in the spring of 2018’ .
This walk is part of ‘Stepping St Michaels Way’: a year-long arts project developed by Tough Dough and Friends of St Michael’s Way, that aims to bring communities together to celebrate the heritage themes behind this pilgrim route.
- Walk No 1. Wed 25th October 2017
A walk along St MW with 6-12 ‘guides’ who will each focus on a section or feature of the route. The group will be composed of up to 30 invited guests who may include: cultural producers, representatives from Faith communities, education communities, landowners, creative practitioners, geologists, and other specialists.
The walk will set off from Lelant at 10am. We need to allow at least 6 hours to complete the route, allowing time to stop occasionally for lunch and ‘talks’. There will be opportunities to join the walk at various points along the route. More information will be available nearer the time.
If the weather is very unpleasant, the Murley Hall in Ludgvan will be booked and we can meet there.
- Publication. Following Walk No1 a small booklet will be produced containing personal responses from guides and guests. It will be framed as a ‘Companion’: an alternative guide to the St.MW offering multiple perspectives on the footpath.
The booklet be printed as a limited edition of 300, but also be available to download on the St.MW website.
- Walk No 2. A public walk in Spring 2018, along St Michael’s way led by Janet McEwan & one or more of the guide authors, with readings along the route from the St Michael’s Way companion booklet
For more information contact Janet McEwan: firstname.lastname@example.org
Some background information.
St Michael’s Way is a 12.5 mile walking route which crosses West Cornwall: from Lelant on the North Coast to Marazion and St. Michael’s Mount on the South Coast.
The path was established in 1994 based on research into old shipping records, which, along with other historical and archaeological evidence, strongly suggest that many pilgrims & traders chose this overland route to avoid sailing round the treacherous waters at Land’s End. It was designated a European Cultural Route, linked to the Camino de Santiago network of pilgrim paths, and remains a tangible reminder of Cornwall’s longstanding connections with wider Europe, and beyond.
In 2015 a number of interested folk with diverse backgrounds came together and formed Friends of St Michael’s Way: a constituted group, whose broad aims include ensuring the footpath is maintained, promoting the route regionally and beyond, while researching & considering its cultural, spiritual, economic and geo-political significance – past, present and future, through various lenses.
Over the summer of 2016, Friends of St Michael’s raised awareness about the footpath through delivering a programme of public events, including exhibitions, talks and guided walks.