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朝聖之路

當我還是一個學生,我走在朝聖者之路從溫徹斯特到坎特伯雷。除非我出生就在朝聖的路線附近奧爾斯福德在漢普郡,我們決定走在相反的方向。這引起了一些輕微刺激,因為我們試圖扭轉描述的路線在我們的指南和一定意義上的“不這樣做是正確的’(什麼無政府主義者的一堆!?)暫時還沒有從路由的美麗和寧靜減損。

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早在20世紀90年代初,學習德語和俄語在大學,我絕不會想到來上班的National Trust的關心一些美麗的地方的方式帶我們去的。但是現在回頭看看,我記得由腳已經沿著這條古道,許多世紀過去了的想法是非常來襲。我總是喜歡沿著綠道散步,想像我們的祖先做同樣的。活生生的歷史。 008-080-pilgrims-way-reigate

自石器時代的朝聖者之路的一部分已經存在但路線真正走進了自己與托馬斯·貝克特在12世紀冊封。朝聖者將在海港沿著南海岸到達從大陸,匯聚在溫徹斯特和聖Swithun墓,然後繼續坎特伯雷貝克特的聖地。
And we mustn’t forget the Canterbury Tales.  When I was walking the Way, it would have only been a few years since I studied the Prologue at school and while Chaucer’s pilgrims took a different route from London their storytelling filled my youthful head with more romance.   We spent ten days walking the 119 miles.   A modest accomplishment but we were in no rush and some days walked very little.

World Heritage

I had always rather fancied the idea of a longer pilgrimage and what could be more appealing than St James’s Way to Santiago de Compostela or ‘El Camino’, perhaps one of the most unwieldy World Heritage Sites traversing 166 towns and villages, and including over 1,800 buildings of historic interest.  

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And the opportunity has now arisen!   One of INTO’s newest members is Tesouros de Galicia, literally ‘Treasures of Galicia’ and they have invited INTO supporters and volunteers to walk the Camino Inglés from the port of Ferrol on the Northern Coast of Spain to Santiago.  Used mostly by pilgrims coming from Northern Europe, Britain and Ireland since the mid-12th Century, the English Way promises coastal views, pretty towns and green countryside.  Sounds very much like a Galician National Trust!?

Walk the talk

But it’s not all about stretching our legs.   Along the way, we will be joined by community representatives to raise the profile of heritage and environmental issues in Galicia and around the world.   We’ll also be planting around 2,000 trees!  And we will also be using the walk to raise funds for – and awareness of – INTO itself to support our programmes around the world.

MapadelosCaminosengaliciaPueblos480x503shimI am hoping to raise £1,500 and would be very grateful for your support.  You can either pay a lump sum or so much per kilometre walked (total distance is 120km).  Please help me reach my goal so that INTO can better support heritage conservation projects around the world.  

41007_463612832844_3591253_nWandering the olive and lemon groves between Ravello and Amalfi

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How you can help

Perhaps the easiest for UK taxpayers is by visiting the INTO Virgin Money Giving page or by sending a cheque to us at 20 Grosvenor Gardens, London, SW1W 0DH (please ask us for a gift aid form to increase the impact of your gift).   It is also possible to make a donation in dollars via the National Trust for Historic Preservation in the US.

For other countries, or if you prefer, you may use PayPal

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