Pilgrimage with Simon Reeve
Pilgrimage with Simon Reeve
Pilgrimage with Simon Reeve
Pilgrimage with Simon Reeve
What's It All About? Intrepid explorer Simon Reeve is off on another adventure. This time he's determined to learn all there is to know about age-old pilgrimages across the world.
However, he begins rather closer to home at Lindisfarne, one of the earliest sites of pilgrimage in Britain, where he retraces the footsteps of some of the nation's first Christians who travelled from there to Canterbury around 1,300 years ago.
During Medieval times, it was believed that such trips had to be journeys of endurance and sacrifice because suffering brought you closer to God - and meant you were more likely to find a place in heaven.
Look Out For: The places Simon visits en route. He'll be stopping off at Lincoln Cathedral, Walsingham in Norfolk and London Bridge before joining a group of Chaucer enthusiasts on the trail of the Canterbury Tales.
Simon says: "Most of us imagine pilgrimage to be all about piety, blisters and Chaucer, but for many of our ancestors it was their only chance of adventure.
"I'm not a religious person but I finished filming the series with a new respect for people who made and make these epic trips. I learnt that pilgrimage isn't always a painful and onerous task. It's often a journey of celebration, of adventure, of wonder. I found the whole idea of pilgrimage fascinating and hopefully people watching at home will too."
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