Next Episode of Pilgrimage: The Road to Santiago is
Seven people living in the public eye say goodbye to their hectic lives, don backpacks and walking boots, and set out on the famous Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. They have 15 days to tackle this ancient 780km path across northern Spain to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and the shrine of St James. But will this journey of a lifetime change the way they think about themselves and their faith, as well as exploring whether a medieval pilgrimage has any relevance in the modern day?
In this first episode, the intrepid seven arrive in Biarritz and make their way to the start of their pilgrimage, a small town in the foothills of the French Pyrenees, St-Jean-Pied-de-Port. They are shown a copy of the ancient Codex Calixtinus, a medieval guide to the route, before heading to the Pilgrims' Office where they register and collect their all-important pilgrim passports, which they'll get stamped where ever they stop along the way.
In this second episode, our seven celebrities travel from the region of Navarre to the start of the final 100km in Galicia. In Irache, to their great delight, Neil, JJ and Kate come across a fountain of wine, where thirsty pilgrims can drink straight from the tap. One hundred litres of wine a day are supplied free by a local vineyard, and priest Kate, who struggled through the Pyrenees, celebrates this kind of charity as a spiritual moment. She dismisses the notion that through pain comes a better understanding of God, and that self-denial is the way to salvation.
The group are now in Galicia, walking the last 100km to Santiago. Priest Kate still dreads the walk, but non-believer Raph is beginning to enjoy the opportunity it is giving him to appreciate his surroundings. They stop by a river and chat to Guy Hayward, who runs the British Pilgrimage Trust. He explains the meaning of river pilgrimage and encourages them to take a dip in the freezing water. Against his better judgement, Ed decides to join the swimming party, along with Kate, who is much happier in water than she is walking.
Neil Morrissey(Neil Morrissey)
Ed Byrne(Ed Byrne)
Debbie McGee(Debbie McGee)
JJ Chalmers(JJ Chalmers)
Heather Small(Heather Small)
Kate Bottley(Kate Bottley)
Raphael Rowe(Raphael Rowe)
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