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  • Easter Sunday – decorated crosses in St Mary’s church, Holy Island of Lindisfarne
  • Good Friday – a Leg group approaches the tidal causeway
  • Holy Island Crossing

Information and publicity / Press information

The next NorthernCross Pilgrimage takes place at Easter 2018.
This will be between 24 March – 1 April 2018. It is expected that several different legs (groups) will again walk towards Holy Island / Lindisfarne to celebrate Easter there with the island community. Each group will have different routes and walking experiences.

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Members of the media and press are welcome to use the news release and photo opportunities information linked below, as well as refer to the older article links for background on Northern Cross. For more information about Northern Cross or to contact us, please click here, or email press [at] northerncross.co.uk

Briefing note for Good Friday crossing: for press, media & anyone joining us there
click here to download it [PDF] . [timing and arrangements last updated March 2017]

You can download our document with the NorthernCross-Legs-at-a-glance (A3, PDF).
Spread the word, and come to walk!

The 2017 NorthernCross Pilgrimage took place between 8 – 16 April 2017. Around 50 people in 2 different Legs (groups) successfully walked towards Holy Island / Lindisfarne to celebrate Easter there with the island community over 14-16 April, and were walking between 8 – 14 April. Each group had different routes and walking experiences. Groups walked distances each day of 10-15 miles. The 2017 pilgrimage was co-ordinated by a group. Want to come this next year? Click here to book.

The 2016 NorthernCross Pilgrimage took place between 19 – 27 March 2016. Around 50-60 people in 3 different Legs (groups) successfully walked towards Holy Island / Lindisfarne to celebrate Easter there with the island community over 25-27 March, and were walking between 19 – 25 March. Each group had different routes and walking experiences. Groups walked distances each day of 10-15 miles. The 2016 pilgrimage was co-ordinated by Ellie Feline-Warner. 2016 was the 40th anniversary year (it was founded in 1976) and the 41st walking pilgrimage run by Northern Cross. Want to come this next year? Click here to book.

The 2015 NorthernCross Pilgrimage took place between 28 March – 5 April 2015. Around 80 people in 4 different Legs (groups) successfully walked towards Holy Island / Lindisfarne to celebrate Easter there with the island community over 3-5 April, and were walking between 28 March – 2 April. Each group had different routes and walking experiences. Groups walked between 10-16 miles per day. The 2015 pilgrimage was co-ordinated by Ken Williams. 2015 was the 40th walking pilgrimage run by Northern Cross. Want to come this next year? Click here to book.

The 2014 NorthernCross Pilgrimage took place between 12 – 20 April 2014. Around 85 people in 5 different Legs (groups) successfully walked towards Holy Island / Lindisfarne to celebrate Easter there with the island community over 18-20 April, and were walking between 12-18 April. Each group had different routes and walking experiences, and in general enjoyed fair weather this year with a beautiful day for the final crossing of the sands where over 100 pilgrims came together. As well as the walking pilgrims, covering 10-16 miles per day, there was also an extreme long distance cycling route. The 2014 pilgrimage was co-ordinated by Frances Williams. Want to come this next year? Click here to book.

The 2013 NorthernCross Easter Pilgrimage took place between March 22 – 31 2013. Around 80 people in 5 different Legs (groups) successfully walked towards Holy Island / Lindisfarne to celebrate Easter there with the island community over 29-31 March, and were walking between 22-29 March. Each group had different routes and walking experiences – and this year – experienced some very unusually cold weather & snow! As well as those covering 10-16 miles per day, there was also a group tailored to families with children, doing shorter walks; as well as an long distance extreme walking, unsupported camping route. The 2013 pilgrimage was co-ordinated by Margaret Williams. Want to come this next year? Click here to book.

Some of our press & media appearances in 2013:

The Scotsman – [31 March 2013] see link here.

The 2012 NorthernCross Easter Pilgrimage took place between 31 March – 8 April 2012. Over 88 people in 6 different legs (groups) successfully walked towards Holy Island / Lindisfarne to celebrate Easter there with the island community over 6-8 April, and walking between 31 March to 6 April. Each had different routes and walking experiences. Alongside those covering 10-16 miles per day, there was also a group tailored to families with children, doing shorter walks; as well as an long distance walking unsupported camping route. The 2012 pilgrimage was co-ordinated by Michael Hanson. Want to come this next year? Click here to book.

Our press & media appearances in 2012:

The Times [9 April 2012] News section [subscriber only, but PDF here].
The Scotsman – frontpage [7 April 2012] see PDF here.
The Independent – frontpage [7 April 2012] see PDF here.
The Financial Times – frontpage [7 April 2012] see PDF here.
The Herald – frontpage & inside [7 April 2012] see PDF here.
BBC Radio Newcastle [5 Feb, 25 Mar, 1 & 8 April 2012] Jon Harle, Sunday Breakfast show, a series of interviews. See PDF here. [no audio currently available].

Getty / Metro Images for various media [6 April 2012]
Excellent photo coverage of the pilgrimage featured again in several media publications, and the stunning shots are available online – follow the link here [Metro.com] to view the photo album.

The 2011 NorthernCross Easter Pilgrimage took place between 16 – 24 April 2011. Around 80 people in 7 different legs (groups) successfully walked towards Holy Island / Lindisfarne to celebrate Easter there with the island community. Each had different routes and walking experiences. Alongside those covering 10-15 miles per day, there was also a group for families with children doing much short walks; as well as an long distance unsupported camping route. The 2011 pilgrimage was co-ordinated by Ruth Wallace. Want to come this next year? Click here to book.

Our press & media appearances in 2011:

BBC News – Tyne & Wear [7 April 2011] includes interviews click here. See PDF, 93 kb.
Independent Catholic News [4 April 2011] this article describes the approaching start of this year’s Easter pilgrimage. Follow the link here for details.
“Barefoot Disciple: Walking the Way of Passionate Humility – The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2011” by Stephen Cherry [published November 2010] in part describes the author’s experience walking on pilgrimage with Northern Cross some years ago.
Independent Catholic News [6 February 2011] describes the buildup to this Easter’s pilgrimage.

See some of our press & media appearances in 2010:

The Times [5 June 2010] Faith Register section
The Seattle Times: Pacific Northwest [5 April 2010] see PDF, 93 kb.
The Tablet [Easter issue, 4 April 2010] see PDF, 935 kb.
The Guardian [3 April 2010] [ PDF here shortly].
The Scotsman
– frontpage [3 April 2010] see PDF, 1.5 Mb.
BBC Tyne [1 April 2010] includes interviews click here.
BBC Newcastle Radio [1 April 2010] Jonathan Miles show, included interviews on the road with Lanark Leg [no audio currently available].

Getty Images for various media [1 April 2010]
Excellent photo coverage of the pilgrimage featured again in several media publications, and the stunning shots are available online – follow the link here [Zimbio.com] to view the photo album.

The Independent on Sunday Review [28 March 2010]
Cover and multipage feature in supplement see PDF of cover, 584 kb.
Independent Catholic News [26 March 2010]
This article describes the start of this year’s Easter pilgrimage. Follow the link here for details.
The Telegraph Newspaper [20 February 2010]
This article explores the revival of pilgrimage and retreats of various kinds, and features quotes and thoughts from two NorthernCross pilgrims of 2009. Food for thought on reasons for pilgrimage in modern life. Follow the link here for details, or see PDF, 171 kb.

See some of our press & media appearances in 2009:

The Telegraph Newspaper [9 April 2009]
This article focussed on the revival of pilgrimage and featured descriptions, quotes and photos from NorthernCross. Very interesting. Follow the link here for details, or see PDF, 145 kb].

Getty Images for various media [10 April 2009]
Photo coverage of the pilgrimage featured in several media publications, and the stunning shots are available online – follow the link here [Zimbio.com] to view the photo album.

See some of our press & media appearances in 2008:

The Reader Magazine [Summer 2008 issue]
This issue focussed on pilgrimage and has a double page article written by Ken Williams which describes NorthernCross frequently. It is all well worth a read. Follow the link here for details.

BBC Songs of Praise [18.05.2008]
See the Northumberland programme factsheet here (it was also available on BBC iPlayer to view or download for a week afterwards)

The Journal [22.3.2008] (PDF, 569 kb)