A travel blog about my 1,600 mile charity walk from St Peter’s Winterbourne Stoke to St Peter’s Rome to raise money to repair the leaking roof in our village church.
If you’d like to donate to my charity walk to help repair the roof at St Peter’s Winterbourne Stoke, you can do so via my Just Giving page:
Hi and welcome to my travel blog!
My name is Jonathan Dutton. I am 57 years old and live with my wife, Olivia, and our two dogs, Puzzle and Islay, in the small village of Winterbourne Stoke in Wiltshire, 4 miles from Stonehenge.
I am the treasurer of St Peter’s Church, Winterbourne Stoke, a Norman church dating back to the 12th Century that was first mentioned in the Domesday Book.
St Peter’s is now in need of urgent restoration work including repairs to its leaking roof. In order to spearhead a fund raising campaign, we have set up the ‘Raise the Roof Appeal’ and will be embarking on a series of fund raising events over the next two months to raise the necessary funds to undertake the repairs and enable St Peter’s to remain open for regular worship, baptisms, weddings and funerals as well as making improvements to the heating and lighting in the church so that it can be used as a community hub for village activities.
As part of the fund raising efforts , I am embarking on a 1,600 mile charity walk from St Peter’s Winterbourne Stoke to St Peter’s Rome in 2021/2022. The first stage of his walk will take me along the Clarendon Way from Salisbury to Winchester, along the Pilgrims’ Way to Canterbury and thence across Europe to Bourg St Pierre on the Via Francigena, an ancient route used by English pilgrims to Rome since the Dark Ages. In 2022 I plan to complete my walk to Rome with my wife Olivia.
If you’d like to donate to the ‘Raise the Roof’ campaign to repair the roof at St Peter’s Curch Winterbourne Stoke and enable the church to remain open for regular worship, you can do so via my Just Giving page.
All money raised will go to the charity – The Friends of St Peter’s Church Winterbourne Stoke.
Day 5: Simonsbath to Lynmouth (18 km) As one journey ends, another begins.
Suivez vos rêves, ils connaissent le chemin. French saying The day began in Stygian gloom shortly after 5am. It was an early start – I needed to be back home in Wiltshire and beat the Bank Holiday traffic by 6pm. As I was cooking breakfast of spicy cheese ramyon, a shadowy figure emerged from the…
Day 4: Witheridge to Simonsbath (50 km) Back to the Barle in search of Boris
We are human beings first and last. Our religion is faith in Humanity – and there can be no religion greater than that. Satish Kumar – No Destination – Autobiography of an Earth Pilgrim According to the Cicerone guide to The Two Moors Way, a long day lay ahead. From my campsite near Witheridge to…
Day 3: Drewsteignton to Witheridge (38 km) A Pirate called Black Sam Bellamy and a village called Black Dog.
Tom Pearce, Tom Pearce, lend me your grey mare, All along, down along, out along, lee, For I want for to go to Widecombe Fair, With Bill Brewer, Jan Stewer, Peter Gurney, Peter Davy, Dan’l Whiddon, Harry Hawke, Old Uncle Tom Cobley and all, Old Uncle Tom Cobley and all. Widecombe Fair I was packed…
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Day 2: Holne to Drewsteignton (40 km) A Day of Tin,Tors and an Unexpected Encounter.
Crowded places, I shunned them as noises too rudeAnd fled to the silence of sweet solitude. John Clare I couldn’t resist a quick sneak around Holne Parish church before I left. From the outside, there is nothing particularly remarkable about the church of St Mary the Virgin, but step inside and everything changes. The medieval…
Day 1: Carswell Farm to Holne (41 km) West Country Tales of the Unexpected from the South Hams
I have wandered over Europe, have rambled to Iceland, climbed the Alps, been for some years lodged among the marshes of Essex – yet nothing that I have seen has quenched in me the longing after the fresh air, and love of the wild scenery, of Dartmoor. The Rev Sabine Baring-Gould – A Book of…
A Devon diversion from the Via Francigena – ‘The Two Moors Way’ coast to coast pilgrim challenge.
“To be a pilgrim is to be on a path of adventure, to move out of our comfort zones, to let go of our prejudices and preconditioning, to make strides towards the unknown.” Satish Kumar – Earth Pilgrim Barely a week has passed since Lammas Day (1 August). In this part of Wiltshire, on the…