I have been on this annual pilgrimage every September since 2008. This year marks my tenth Big Walk and I have had some time to reflect on what that means to me.
The Big Walk has given me the opportunity to make many friends and every year meet the new Castlerigg team members and catch up with old acquaintances. We have discussed many things on the Walk; life, faith, studies, jobs, hopes, aspirations and tired legs!
I have been lucky enough to experience the Lake District in all its beauty and in many weathers; this year, our first day was sunshine and blue skies and the day after was horizontal rain and blowing winds! I have come to learn that the weather doesn’t matter. It all adds to the pilgrimage experience.
The Big Walk has helped me gain a deeper understanding of my faith which has grown and strengthened with the support of all the Youth events I have been involved with.
I am incredibly grateful to all the teams (past and present) at Castlerigg for their support, guidance and friendship. If anyone is considering taking part in the Big Walk, I can only say do it, and I’ll see you next year!