The Bristol to Arundel Pilgrimage 2023

Day 14: Midhurst to Arundel

We walk through the picturesque town of Midhurst and out to the SE to join the Serpent Trail. This wiggles across the heathland to the Graffham passing the village shop and calling in at the Foresters Arms. The food is good (there will be a menu for pre-orders Thursday evening). NB Rolls should be eaten before or after the pub. After lunch we admire this quaint and well kept village all the way to St Giles. The prayer stop is to strengthen our resolve for the leg burning ascent to the South Downs escarpment high above. Miles of rolling countryside follow to Whiteways Roundabout. Look out for the farm cafe on the way. The Arundel Park estate has very helpfully agreed to open the lodge gates so we can go safely into the Park and over the hills to journeys end: Arundel Cathedral

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Historic hall: the Old Library Midhurst Susan Adilz

Only around 10 pilgrims slept in the Old Library. fred.adilz

Leaving Midhurst

Midhurst Methodist Church, where most of the pilgrims had stayed, and where we celebrated the morning Eucharist Aidan Simons

Leaving Midhurst we passed the parish church where we were welcomed last evening Aidan Simons

Midhurst Common - glorious in the sunshine Aidan Simons

Heather and broom on Midhurst Common Aidan Simons

Aidan taking a refreshment break Fr Tony Milner

Arrows on the serpent trail Veronique


Front markers enjoying coffee fred.adilz

how many hats is Aidan wearing? fred.adilz

Pilgrims eating their rolls outside the pub garden at Graffham Aidan Simons

Pilgrims in the garden, Foresters Arms, Graffham Aidan Simons

St Giles Church, Graffham Aidan Simons

Ancient Saxon font in Graffham Church Aidan Simons

Window in Graffham Church Aidan Simons

Pilgrims gather for prayers at St Giles, Graffham Susan Adilz

From here it's largely downhill fred.adilz

Sarah leads prayers at St Giles Graffham Susan Adilz

Sunflowers on the South Downs Way Aidan Simons

Coffee Stop at Littlington Farm, Upwaltham Aidan Simons

Pilgrims on the South Downs Way Susan Adilz

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Over the South Downs to Whitewiool

Sun Flowers : pink in yellow Veronique

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Front markers on Bignor Hill Aidan Simons

Coppiced hazel in Houghton Forest Aidan Simons

I can see the sea! Susan Adilz

Drinks at Bignor hill Susan Adilz

At a crossroads Veronique

Through Arundel Park

Maureen at the door... Veronique

Pilgrims gather outside the Whiteways Lodge gate to Arundel Park, which was specially unlocked for us. Aidan Simons

View from inside the group being photographed. "Close Gate after Entry" the arrow says John Chenery

Another view from inside the group John Chenery

Aidan taking pictures fred.adilz

Follow the arrows in the Estate... Veronique

Recreating a photo from 48 years ago - through Arundel Park, hand-in-hand Aidan Simons

Walking into Arundel through Arundel Park Aidan Simons

Chris, Sue and Anne in the Estate Veronique

Phil, who walked with us in 1981 and 1982 walked out to meet us and joined us for the final leg into Arundel. Aidan Simons

Pilgrims descending a hill in Arundel Park Aidan Simons

A folie or a folly Veronique


Arundel Cathedral: we made it!! Aidan Simons

Pilgrims awaiting the start of vespers in Arundel Cathedral Aidan Simons

Pilgrims have arrived. Evening Prayer at Arundel Cathdral. Susan Adilz

That's what we've been doing for the last 2 weeks.... Aidan Simons

That banner formed a pair with this one "I was glad when they said to me ..." John Chenery

The restored cathedral organ Aidan Simons

Arrival at Arundel Cathedral gillgodber

Arundel arrivals gillgodber

Arundel Castle with shell on wall gillgodber