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Winner of the Journeying Poetry Competition 2022

Monday 12th December 2022
David Gleed

We are pleased to announce that Wendy Stickley has won the 2022 Journeying Poetry Competition with her poem, 'Iona'. From the judges, David Arkell and Phil Craine: We would like to thank everyone who took the time to write a poem for this year's competition. We enjoyed reading the poems and were impressed by the variety of form and content. 'Iona' is a beautifully crafted sonnet with alternating rhymes and a final rhyming couplet. Evocative descriptions and sensory experiences draw in the reader to share the poet's pilgrimage on Iona. Vivid imagery and alliteration portray the natural world, both as a source of awe and also a force against which we sometimes struggle. The poet's interaction with the island is…

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A Rag-Tag Bunch with the Inner Light

Monday 5th December 2022
Paddy Allen

Recently we had our Journeying AGM in the Oblate Retreat Centre in Crewe and had a marvellous walk to Maiden Castle. I was delighted to be able to take a couple of shots of our group toiling up the hill and they have featured as models for a picture that has been knocking about in my head for just about 25 years! On 16 December 1997 (25 years ago) I was ordained in Cape Town, having started my training not even sure whether they were going to allow women to be ordained or not. I actually trained under Archbishop Tutu but he had just retired and the Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane was presiding - another inspirational man. As Anglicans…

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The Hidden Dragon!

Sunday 30th October 2022

In perfect conditions, 'Dragon's Back' in the Peak District, is a stunning experience ... but today, swallowed in rain clouds with zero visibility and super slippery mud, it was a challenging/terrifying experience. Your Journeying leaders accepted the challenge and faithfully followed their intrepid leader, who couldn't record the video without falling over with laughter!! AND then there were the most scrumptious cakes and scones, in the best kept secret in the Peak District: Chapel Tearooms, Hollinsclough - Oh ... what a day! See our Facebook page for the most hilarious video!

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Our lovely Day Walk at The Roaches

Saturday 29th October 2022

We shared a wonderful walk together in The Roaches ... the rain kept away and the sun came out to play and golden leaves shone like bright pennies all around us, creating a magical autumnal landscape for us to journey through. From pretty woodland following a fast flowing river, we squeezed through the impressive rock formation known as Lud's church and almost escaped a mud bath at the bottom (Steve didn't quite!). Then up to the ridge we went, for a picnic and the fabulous panorama waiting for us. We ended at Hanging Rock at the end of the ridge, under blue skies and fluffy clouds ... what a perfect end to a perfect day.

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Tintern Abbey and Wye Valley Day Walk, 17th September

Saturday 24th September 2022
Sue Peachey

On a glorious September morning 7 people and 2 dogs gathered for a walk from Tintern Abbey through the Wye Valley. The route taken was not our usual one as a footbridge over the river was closed for repair work, but we were still able to make our way through the village of Brockweir, stopping at the Moravian church en route, then continuing up into the woodland. Along the Way we stopped for a reflective reading and a poem, the stillness only being broken by the singing of a bird in the trees above us. Our lunch was eaten in a sunlit field, watched from afar by some sheep. We then continued climbing up to the Devil's Pulpit, but none of…

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Our weekend on Dartmoor

Monday 19th September 2022

How blessed we were to have such fantastic weather and journey together through such an amazing landscape for the weekend, on our mini-pilgrimage. The first day we followed trails through the densely wooded cleaves, over giant boulders and along a fast flowing river, in a landscape that looked almost primeval. In the evening we joined together to share supper at Bovey Tracey and laughed lots as we shared stories from our day. The second day gave us the experience of the tors and the high moorland of Dartmoor. We stopped to picnic in the ruins of the most the incredible Iron Age settlement known as Grimspound. In the two days we had walking together sharing conversations and quietness in…

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Journeying Poetry Competition 2022

Wednesday 14th September 2022
David Gleed

Welcome to the second Journeying Poetry Competition! This year's theme: Poems of any length are invited and should follow a theme of On Pilgrimage. Getting your entry in: Entries should be emailed to and arrive no later than midnight (GMT) on Saturday 22nd October 2022. The winning entry will be announced on the 12th December 2022. Just one entry per person. There is no charge. Keep it original: Entries must be original and not previously published elsewhere. All entries will be judged anonymously. Copyright remains with the author. The prize: The winner will receive a first-place competition certificate signed by the judges and a ten percent discount on any one of next year's holidays from Journeying. The winning poem will be published on the Journeying website, Social…

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Walking into Quietness

Monday 12th September 2022

What a magical day! There are no words that can capture what we experienced together, which is why so many of us were companions in silence or spilled over into tears.

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A day well lived

Saturday 27th August 2022

Our walk was lovely and our group was a happy one - despite the intense heat! As well as all the `getting to know each other'; we shared freshly picked apples and plums and picked blackberries along the way. It was a delightful little walk that had the feeling of a much longer route ... perhaps because Pepper's sense of time and distance is rather 'elastic': 10 minutes to lunch was about 25!!' There was so much countryside crammed into our day - woodland, river valleys, tow paths, historic villages, the site of an ancient Carthusian Friary and MORE woodland. Julianne, one of our walkers, said "this walk has everything except a bit of coastal path!" We enjoyed fellowship…

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Singing Birds and Silence . . .

Sunday 17th July 2022
A collection of poems by Janet Wilkes

Janet first travelled with Journeying to West Wales some ten years ago. Singing Birds and Silence is her second book, her first, After The Blossom,` is autobiographical and a lovely read. Janet's debut poetry collection is a treat. The poems speak with a grounded, real-life quality, that capture the moment perfectly - you can't help but be caught up in the occasion... 'There are many forms of writing poetry and anyone can do it', Janet says. 'All you need to do is take a pen and describe the place you're in, ether where you are or in your thoughts'. Janet does this wonderfully. Here's the title poem: SINGING BIRDS AND SILENCE Singing birds and silence remind me of Christmas long ago with…

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