2016 Pilgrimage to England

July 11, 2016 – July 17, 2016 all-day America/New York Timezone
Deborra Sines Pancoe

Join trip leaders, Irene McHenry (Chestnut Hill Meeting) and Deborra Sines Pancoe (Abington Meeting), of the Friends Council on Education, to experience the roots of the Religious Society of Friends in England’s “1652 Country” with a guide from Britain Yearly Meeting.

The group climbs the original Pendle Hill, tours Margaret Fell’s Swarthmoor Hall, visits Lancaster Jail and Castle and worships in 17th century meeting houses.  Participants gain a broader sense of their faith through developing friendships and shared discussions with fellow travelers. British Quakers in the Lake District help make travelers’ exploration of Quaker History vivid and exciting.

  • The 7-day pilgrimage trip includes travel to more than a dozen historic sites.
  • Local guides travel with the group
  • Registration will open September 30, 2015
  • Space is limited to just 27 “pilgrims” so register early

Sites included in the Pilgrimage

Itinerary of Pilgrimage Trip – sites, meetinghouses, excursions, etc.

Note: Many of the websites listed contain local maps.

 Glenthorne Quaker Center & Guest House: Lodging for the weektapestry

Village of Grasmere

Pendle Hill

Settle Meetinghouse

Town of Sedbergh & St. Andrew’s Parish Church of England

Brigflatts Meetinghouse.

Firbank Fell – “Fox’s Pulpit”

Swarthmore Hall – Home of Margaret and Thomas Fell.

Colthouse Meeting: worship in cemetery

Hawkshead Village: Wordsworth’s grammar school and church

Lancaster Castle & Prison,

Lancaster Friends Meetinghouse,

Quaker Tapestry Exhibit & Tea Rooms,

Local sites: possibilities for optional exploring include

  • Wordsworth’s house & museum
  • Beatrix Potter’s house
  • Heaton Cooper Art Gallery
  • Taffy Thomas’ garden
  • Grasmere Lake
  • Easdale Tarn.
  • Keswick
  • Derwentwater
  • Mosedale Meetinghouse and Coffee shop
  • Castlerigg Stone Circle

 “Love silence. . .even in the mind. True silence is rest to the mind; and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.” William Penn, 1699


The 2016 pilgrimage is now full.  Registration is no longer open.

Cost for the Pilgrimage

The expected cost for the 7-day trip will be in the range of $1500 to $1800 per person.  This fee covers:

  • Room and boardglenthorn
  • local bus travel to sites
  • guides
  • site entry fees

The fee does not include airfare.

Some financial assistance is available (see the registration form for more information)

For more information

Deborra Sines Pancoe at  deborra@friendscouncil.org