The myriad paths that crisscross the foothills of the North Yorkshire moors tell their own story of the generations of people who, as in Gerard Manley Hopkins’ poem, have trodden across this part of Britain, searching for food, shelter and something more. The Neolithic hunter-gatherers left tantalising clues of sacred rituals inspired by their natural environment. Their respect for nature was sacralised by the Celtic Christian Church which followed behind them.
The land became rich in monastic settlements which sprang up within an easy days walk of each other. Though many were destroyed in the dissolution of the monasteries, some remain. Why did this place attract so many religious foundations? And what draws contemporary religious communities to start again, here?
Each day we will visit a different Abbey or significant monument on foot, and learn the story of its inhabitants as we see what they saw, hear what they heard and feel what they felt in this remarkable landscape.
Team: Malcolm Dixon, Mike Willcox
Information and Bookings:
Mike Willcox SA2018@catholicpeoplesweeks.org.uk
We will be staying in four-to five-person self-catering lodges in the grounds of the most recent Benedictine Convent founded here – Stanbrook Abbey in the North Yorkshire National Park. The modern main buildings are award-winning and sustainable and there are stunning views from the site.
To book, you could complete the Online Booking Form for this event or email the above.