The first walkers have checked out the entire route from Lindesfarne to Lichfield, arriving on St Chad's Day 2022.
The new Two Kingdoms Way has been inspired and devised by a team led by Ann Fisher following the journey of St Chad's life from his upbringing on Lindisfarne, becoming abbot of Lastingham Priory and eventually missionary and first bishop of Mercia in Lichfield.
Having covered the 480 miles in segments since July 2021, pilgrims completed the journey over the past five days through Southwell & Nottingham and Derby dioceses arriving in Burton-on-Trent on Sunday and Lichfield yesterday which marked the Feast of St Chad*. Around twenty pilgrims left All Saint's Church, Alrewas for the final seven miles via Fradley and St Chad's Well arriving at the cathedral where they were met by the Dean and canons. In a short act of prayer and worship, the Dean, Very Revd Adrian Dorber and Bishop Michael washed the pilgrims feet, a traditional act of welcome from the cathedral.
Ann talks further about the inspiration, development and discoveries of this pilgrimage in a this video: