Pilgrim Trail moves ahead

DPAW rangers Doug Giles and Rebecca Hamilton with Maggie Jefferson on the Pilgrim Trail.
DPAW rangers Doug Giles and Rebecca Hamilton with Maggie Jefferson on the Pilgrim Trail.

Two members of DPAW, and Pilgrim Trail organiser Duncan Jefferson and his wife Maggie, ventured into the forest at Julimar and Bolgart last week to tag trees with the Pilgrim Trail logo so walkers have sign posts to follow when they are on the track.

�Like the Compostella de Santiago in Spain, the walk has the same logo for pilgrims as they make their way to the destination, in this case New Norcia,� Dr Jefferson said.

He said he had an inquiry from a farmer north of Bolgart offering to provide space for campers and he would be delighted to hear from any residents willing to provide accommodation for the pilgrims.

�Any businesses or bed and breakfasts in the area who are happy to give walkers an evening meal and provide them with a cut lunch the next day can be put on the trail website,� Dr Jefferson said.

He said he would also be happy to hear from people who could pick up and drop off walkers.

�Also anyone in Toodyay or York with an interest in offering pick-up and drop-off facilities, and bed and breakfast with a cut lunch and an evening meal, would be terrific, too. If there were interested businesses, I can put their contact details on the Pilgrim Trail website,� he said.

Dr Jefferson said he was exploring the extension of the Pilgrim Trail to York in discussions with the TrailsWA chief executive.

�We have been talking about linking the Bibbulmun Track to the Pilgrim Trail, which would then enable us to include York, Northam and Toodyay.

�If we can find a track from the Bibbulmun near Canning Reservoir and take it across to York, then up to Bolgart, then we would have an awesome network which would bring York, Northam and Toodyay into the trail too,� Dr Jefferson said.

The foundation can be contacted via the website www.pilgrimtrail.com.au.