The Bristol to Arundel Pilgrimage 2023

Day 4: Melksham to Devizes

The route is short and the going is very easy and flat. After initially following suburban roads going south from Melksham, it joins the Kennet and Avon Canal and heads East to Devizes. There is a detour from the canal to visit the 14th century church in Seend, and as we enter Devizes we pas the Caen Hill locks &emdash; a very significant feat of canal engineering.

Pilgrimage Newsfeed - Day 4

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Packing of the Vans John Chenery

United Church, Melksham hosts us overnight and for prayers in the morning. Thank you! Susan Adilz

Ecumenical Service: United Church, Melksham Susan Adilz

Morning prayer with members of the churches from Melksham, in the United Church we'd stayed in. Aidan Simons

Corn field Danny Thomas

It took a while to escape the industrial estate off Melksham, but we were then into green space. Aidan Simons

Corn field Danny Thomas

John and Louise upholding a pilgrimage tradition at kissing gates Aidan Simons

Pilgrims on the swing bridge when we rejoined the canal Aidan Simons

Heavy traffic on the canal Aidan Simons

The Barge Inn, Seend Cleeve

Pilgrims at the Barge Inn John Chenery

Other Pilgrims Opposite the Barge Inn John Chenery

Saying farewell to some Melksham residents who walked the morning with us Aidan Simons

The Barge Inn John Chenery

Canal bridge Danny Thomas

Candid camera Danny Thomas

The Barge Inn, our lunch venue Aidan Simons

Norbert and Phil Aidan Simons

The locks begin... Aidan Simons

Holy Cross, Seend

Hidden Christ in the cross Danny Thomas

A notice welcoming us John Chenery

Holy Cross church, Seend Danny Thomas

Afternoon prayers at Holy Cross, Seend, where Mark led is in reflection. Aidan Simons

"Where's the tractor?" Millennium window, Holy Cross, Seend Susan Adilz

Mark leads a reflection at Holy Cross, Seend Susan Adilz

Mark's prayer stop Danny Thomas

Pilgrims and Parishioners at Holy Cross, Seend Susan Adilz

Can you see it? Danny Thomas

Inside the church, Mark sharing his thoughts Aidan Simons

Stained glass in Seend church Aidan Simons

Danny crossing an interesting stile with a little gate on top Aidan Simons

Friendly donkey Danny Thomas

Caen Hill Locks

The Caen Hil locks Fr Tony Milner

Bascule bridge Aidan Simons

Lock Danny Thomas

Lock Hill Danny Thomas

Caen Hill, the start of the staircase of 16 locks Aidan Simons

Top of the locks Danny Thomas

Danny's tub Danny Thomas

Father Tony has prepared a series of 16 reflections on "building", one for each lock. We shared them in groups of various sizes, or reflected individually. See the Stations of the Locks Aidan Simons


Unloading the Van John Chenery

St James Church Centre at Devizes, our base for 2 nights Aidan Simons

Fr. Tony after Mass in Devizes being sang Happy Birthday to Danny Thomas

At Dinner Danny Thomas

Bruce delivers Fr Tony's birthday cake Danny Thomas

Fr Tony blows out the candles Danny Thomas