The short way – doing what we can. (Walking the Way, Part 6)

Another post about ‘The Way’ but mostly about our uniqueness as individuals.

After my mother died in 2015, just a month after my brother, and 3 years after my daughter, I really needed to find some peace. I went on a coach trip holiday to Cornwall and while there I did a pilgrim walk. A Camino – in fact it is even part of the Santiago di Compostela network.

It is a coast to coast walk. – I believe it is the shortest coast to coast route in the United Kingdom, and it is very “doable” within my abilities – just 12 miles (about 19 km).

It was a gorgeous sunny April day. It took me most of the day. It was rather exciting to watch the view unfold as I saw the other sea-coast glimmering in the sunshine.

The destination was St Michael’s Mount. If the tide had been out, I could have walked the last bit on the causeway but as it was under water at the time, I took the boat.

What a feeling to arrive. The fact I walked alone really didn’t matter. A lone pilgrim on a lone journey seemed right at that moment.

Each of us walks such a unique journey, even if we seem to be on a similar path. We each have different abilities, different capacities. We have different genes, different personalities, different physical strengths. We have different relationships, different financial situations.

And in walking our journey through life, we just have to do what we are able to.

It would be lovely to purchase a woodland or set up a trust fund in my children’s names, but that is beyond my means. I’d love to travel to all of the places that are part of my family history, but I don’t have the means for that too. But a one-day walk, that is within my means.

Do what is right for you in honouring the memories of your loved ones. Try not to compare yourself to anyone else. Walk your path, because it is your path.


Enroute. Blue sky on the horizon – over that hill and the destination comes into view

The causeway path to St Michael’s Mount – if you look you can see where it continues on the edge of the land. On this day, the tide was already in, so I took the boat – as many pilgrims old.


Pilgrim steps up to the top

Find out more about St Michael’s Way – maybe you’d like to follow the path too?

St Michael’s Way is a 12.5 mile walking route between Lelant, near St Ives, and St Michael’s Mount, near Penzance. Due to its historical significance St Michael’s Way is the only footpath in Britain that is part of a designated European Cultural Route.

The historical significance of St Michael’s Way lies in the fact that it is part of a network of pilgrim routes that lead to St James’ Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain, one of the three most important sites of Christian pilgrimage in the world.

The route, which dates back to pre-historic times (10000 BC to 410 AD), is thought to have been used by pilgrims and missionaries who arrived from Ireland or Wales and chose to abandon their ships and walk across the peninsula from Lelant to Marazion, rather than navigating the treacherous waters around Land’s End. These early missionaries, who are now commemorated as saints in place names throughout the county, are thought to have been instrumental in Cornwall’s rapid conversion to the Christian faith. (Continued here)

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