New Mayflower pilgrimage from Dartmouth to Plymouth to mark 400th anniversary

Sep 10, 2020

A vicar from Devon is leading a new pilgrimage from Dartmouth to Plymouth this week to mark the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower.

The Reverend Martin Warren and his fellow pilgrims will set off from Dartmouth Embankment on Friday, 11 September, following a short blessing ceremony.

Rev'd Warren's route follows the South West Coast Path from Dartmouth to Plymouth and will visit churches along the way.

The walkers will arrive at the Mayflower Steps in Plymouth by ferry at 1pm on Wednesday, 16 September - 400 years to the day since the Mayflower set sail from the city.

The Bishop of Plymouth, the Right Reverend Nick McKinnel, will join them for part of the journey.

Reverend Martin Warren is leading the Mayflower 400 walking pilgrimage

Rev’d Warren, Rector for the Torridge team of churches in North Devon, said: "Lots of the events to mark the 400th anniversary have had to be cancelled or postponed due to Covid-19.

"I felt it was important to do something to mark the 400th anniversary on 16 September. "The 11th September, with its resonance here and across the Atlantic, seemed like a good date to start.

"The story of the Plymouth Pilgrims is still relevant to us in the Church now. It is about a sense of openness to other interpretations of faith, of different ways of doing church and understanding others.

"We remember that not only were they were fleeing from persecution, but the incredible difficulties they went through, the false starts.

"They kept their vision despite the hardships they were experiencing. It speaks to the time we are living in now."

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