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Kentwell Hall volunteers embark on 20-mile pilgrimage from Long Melford to Bury St Edmunds

A group of modern day pilgrims are walking a historic 20-mile route across Suffolk to raise funds for charity.

Volunteers from Kentwell Hall have embarked on a three-day pilgrimage from Long Melford, near Sudbury, to Bury St Edmunds.

They will be walking from Trinity Church to the former Abbey following the ancient St Edmundsbury Way leading up to Good Friday.

Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, near Sudbury. Picture: Submitted
Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, near Sudbury. Picture: Submitted

The route is nearly a full marathon through field boundaries and old railway lines and the participants will be dressed in authentic Tudor costumes and staying in buildings which would have been accommodation in the 1500s.

The journey started on Tuesday and Dr Mike Reddy said it was something he always wanted to do after 30 years of being involved in Tudor re-enactments at Kentwell Hall.

He said: “It’s the original Abbey Road and we will have to earn our salvation.

“I always planned to do the actual walk one day to earn the badge.

“Even if it is 30 years late, I am finally going to fulfil that promise to myself.”

“We are grateful that the end of the journey will be marked with a blessing on Good Friday morning, before the annual ‘Walk of Witness’ that commemorates the Easter Festival each year.”

To donate, visit the group’s JustGiving page by clicking here.

The walking challenge has raised £1,935 so far for Macmillan Cancer Support, Teenage Cancer Trust, British Heart Foundation and Dementia UK.