Welcome to all visitors - Tourists, Seekers and Pilgrims

A place where your mind can be idle, and forget its concerns, descend into silence, and worship in secret.— Thomas Merton

Small Pilgrim Places are:

  • Spaces for pondering, breathing, meditating, praying and ‘being’
  • Small places, not those already on the map, well-known, or that draw crowds;
  • Simple, quiet and unpretentious, with the presence of the Divine;
  • Places of worship, gardens, ruins, open spaces, holy wells, etc.;
  • Welcoming and inclusive.

The Small Pilgrim Places Network:

  • Brings together people who support the ethos of SPPs through prayer and practical support;
  • Encourages members to promote the key elements of SPPs - quiet prayer and meditation, hospitality, silence, space and simplicity not only in SPPs but also in their own personal situations;
  • Is mutually supportive, encouraging the exchange of experiences, inspiration and practicalities.

More about Small Pilgrim Places

Each place fulfils its purpose of making space, keeping silence, encouraging solitude, and providing simple focus points in its own way.

They have a respected identity of their own, unique and singular - with their own history, character and atmosphere, communicating something of the ‘eternal now’, while also bringing the past into the present day and pointing towards the future.

Some might describe them as holy or sacred. Celts sometimes described them as ‘thin’ places, others as liminal – ‘in-between’ ‘thresholds’ on the edge of mystery.

They should have the potential to gently nudge tourists with glazed looks into becoming pilgrims with gently focused eyes.

Who are they for?

  • All people of goodwill, from all faiths and none, as they pause on their journey;
  • Seekers and searchers and those asking questions about God.