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Methodist Pilgrimage 2014 update 1

Been doing a little more thinking about the pilgrimage next year.

Firstly, I have been tuning the route between Newark-on-Trent and the campsite. It now avoids the A52 entirely and has only a tiny section on the A1133. So the route is almost entirely byways or very quiet roads. The Sunday route does include some stretches of A road but there are no alternatives and traffic levels reasonable.

Secondly, if camping is an issue for you then I have found a B&B on the new route just 3 miles south of the campsite.

Thirdly, while the new route is slightly longer (about 58 miles on the Saturday and Monday between Syston and Church Laneham, 42 miles on the Sunday to/from Epworth)I have realised that there is a an extra option. You can catch a train from Leicester or Syston to Newark-on-Trent as the station is on the route, it cuts the distance by half (and misses all the hills!). Those who choose this option would start a little later so we could meet up for the last 25 miles on the Saturday. On the Monday we would start together and those who wish can catch the train (missing the beautiful Leicestershire countryside).

Key unknown: At the moment the key unknown is whether it will be possible to visit the Epworth Old Rectory on a Sunday (especially on a Bank Holiday weekend).

Sponsorship: If we can do this then I would suggest sponsorship is optional but if you choose to be sponsored then 50% goes to Epworth Old Rectory and 50% to the charity of your choice.

Costs: We would keep other costs to a minimum so they would just cover support vehicle, accommodation, breakfasts and some en route snacks leaving people free to buy their own lunches (at one of the many tea/coffee shops in Epworth on the Sunday, at one of the few shops we pass on the Saturday and Monday). There are a couple of pubs close to the campsite for evening meals.

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A very Methodist Challenge for 2014

I am thoroughly enjoying a three day cycling tour that could also be described as a Methodist Pilgrimage.

It turns out that it is about 80 miles from Leicester to Epworth. These 80 miles include very few hills but lots of beautiful rural countryside and villages. They start at Leicester, the home of the first package holiday and end at the childhood home of John and Charles Wesley, two of the founders of Methodism.

So I have had an idea. An idea for a very Methodist Challenge for 2014.

Let’s do a mass Methodist Pilgrimage from Leicester to Epworth and back. Taking John Wesley’s usual mode of transport (a horse) and updating it we get a bicycle.

So I’m wondering about using a May Bank Holiday next year for a group cycle pilgrimage.
– Saturday: Leicester to Church Laneham – about 60 miles, only one significant hill
– Sunday: Church Laneham to Epworth and back. About 45 miles leaving time for guided tours, lunch and Worship (maybe at Wesley Memorial Church or around Samuel Wesley’s tomb where John Wesley often preached). Only one hill to notice up to Epworth
– Monday: return from Church Laneham to Leicester, again only one significant hill.

We could sort out someone to carry the luggage (and provide an emergency recovery service) so that we can camp at Church Laneham for both nights while riding unladen. There are two pubs for eating close to the campsite which has nice showers and other facilities.

So who is up for this?

I reckon that if you have ridden 20 miles and been able to move the next day and can ride a 10 mile course in less than an hour you will be ready for this.

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