Pilgrimage Pathways: Music, Art, Literature & Gardens on the Welsh-English Borders

10 – 21 July 2020, price: $5300

For twelve days, you are invited to discover and embrace the concept of PILGRIMAGE through an enchanted land. Centered around a journey that builds toward a specific place, this itinerary explores a number of the places that have built the character of the Welsh people in their native Celtic land and along the Borders held by English cousins. We immerse ourselves in the legacy and reality of Christian pilgrimages through the centuries in Wales – tracing life and faith from ancient to modern times. We will stay at Ellenborough Park (5), Portmeirion Hotel (2), and The Chester Grosvenor (3).

Our adventure suggests country-homes and gardens: Buscot Park & Faringdon Collection, Madresfield Court, Althrop House, Spetchley Park, Powis Castle, Plas Glyn-y-Weddw, Attingham Park, Caernarfon Castle, and Kiftsgate Court Gardens. We will go to evensongs and Eucharists at St. Melangell’s Shrine, Hereford Cathedral, Chester Cathedral, Worcester Cathedral, and Shrewsbury Abbey – as well as Rug Chapel, Montgomery Church, Shobdon Church, Eardisley Church along with the pilgrim churches of the Llyn Peninsula. We will also visit St. Deiniol’s Library, Cheltenham Museum & Art Gallery, Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, Holst Museum, Elgar Museum, and the Llanberis-Snowdon Mountain Railway.

Please contact the Chair of the Friends of Canterbury Cathedral in the United States, The Rev. Canon Matthew Corkern, to find out more about this pilgrimage. His contact information is: or 908-277-1814. All pilgrimages are sponsored by FOCCUS, to which a special donation of $300 is made on behalf of each participant.