Journey through the beautiful Huon Valley
Inspired by the famous Spanish El Camino of St James, this two day pilgrim walk will take you through the scenic and peaceful Huon Valley to a celebration at the Spanish mission styled Church of St James, nestled in the heart of Cygnet.
Through fellowship, reflection, rejoicing and ritual you will find an opportunity to reconnect with the spiritual dimensions of your life.
The pilgrimage commences on Friday 12th January 2018 at 10.30am from the Mountain River Community Hall and finishes on Saturday 13th January 2017 at approx. 5pm at St James Church, Cygnet in the midst of the wonderful Cygnet Folk Festival.
The route covers rural roads in southern Tasmania and is best described as needing low to medium level fitness levels. Pilgrims are advised to attain reasonable bushwalking levels of fitness. Pilgrims must be a minimum age of 10.
Day one is from Mountain River to Ranelagh and is 14km, approximately.
Day two will take us from Ranelagh Church, with a bus trip to Cradoc to avoid narrow sections of the Channel Highway and then along the Cradoc Coast Road next to the Huon River and over the Silver Hill Road and Missing Link Road to Cygnet and is 15km, approximately.
Accommodation in the Huon Valley area is limited. Most pilgrims will bring a bed roll which can be laid on the floor of St Mary of the Cross Church Ranelagh, or pitch their tents in the grounds surrounding that church. There will also be similar limited accommodation at St James Anglican Church close by to St Mary’s and at Mission 21 also relatively close by. You can let us know your accommodation preference when you register.
Morning coffee and cake at the Mountain River Memorial Hall will be available at a small cost. Optional lunch pack for journey to Ranelagh will be also available ($12). Evening meal provided at St Mary of the Cross Church Ranelagh (BBQ) is covered by registration. Alcohol and other beverages will be available at reasonable cost. Breakfast at Ranelagh is covered by registration. Optional lunch pack for journey to Cygnet will be commercially provided at Ranelagh ($12). The provided lunches will be vegetarian.
IMPORTANT: If you would like to order the optional lunch packs, please add these to your cart on the registrations page before checking out.
Any special dietary requirements are the responsibility of pilgrims.
Busses are provided for transport from Hobart to Mountain River on Friday 12th January, and for the return journey from Cygnet to Hobart on Saturday 13th January.
IMPORTANT: If you would like to use the bus services, please add these to your cart on the registrations page before checking out.
• Pilgrims must be physically fit enough to undertake the walk
• Minimum age of walker is 10 years
• No drugs or alcohol can be taken on the pilgrimage
• Any health issues, allergies or special dietary requirements are the responsibility of individuals to manage
• Pilgrims are reminded that the ethos of the pilgrimage promotes quiet reflection and we encourage peaceful and harmonious interactions with fellow pilgrims and local residents
Unfortunately it will not be possible to issue refunds.
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