Pilgrim trail opens up for self propelled walkers

Duncan Jefferson, wife Maggie and pilgrim Colin Ingram on the trail in the Julimar Forrest.
Duncan Jefferson, wife Maggie and pilgrim Colin Ingram on the trail in the Julimar Forrest.

The Pilgrim Trail is a contemporary journey that terminates at the Monastery of the Benedictine Monks in New Norcia.

Organiser Duncan Jefferson said the journey began with the idea of taking time out to think about who we are and where we�re going in our lives.

�The journey itself can be as important as the destination,� Mr Jefferson said.

Mr Jefferson said the trail took eight days but people could start or finish anywhere along the trek without having to walk the full eight days.

�If you only have a four-day window then by all means start in Toodyay and finish in New Norcia,� he said.

The inspiration for the trail was the established route which had been set up in 1846 by Father Rosendo Salvado, a Spanish Benedictine monk who came to Perth to serve the Aboriginal people in the Swan River Settlement and then moved to New Norcia where the mission was established.

The spiritual side of the tour offers ancient Aboriginal cultural heritage information in WA as well as the exercise and meals.

Back packs are carried by car to each destination and meals are provided en route.

Those completing the walk can deepen their understanding of the European Christian influence that came to WA and links the city with the bush.

Mr Jefferson said the walk offered people the opportunity to �leave their footprints in the story of the trail.�

�The two current walks for August and September are full and there are no more places for 2015.�

He said if others were keen to complete the walks this year they could organise their own walk on the developing camping areas on the trail.

Go to http:// pilgrimtrail.com.au/