Our Pilgrimages

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British Saints

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The Holy Land

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Rome

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Fatima

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The Compostela Coach-Trip

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In the Footsteps of the Saints

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Organised Pilgrimages

About The SimplePilgrim People

Rina Bird

All of the pilgrimage itineraries that you see on this website, have been created by Rina Bird, in association with the Benedictine Community at Downside Abbey, Somerset. Rina, for the past eight years, has been the Pastoral Coordinator at the Abbey, working first with the Abbot, and now with the Prior Administrator, coordinating and developing catechetical and evangelisation programmes, including pilgrimages. The outreach of the Abbey is such, that pilgrims have participated in the pilgrimages, not only from all over Britain, but from across the globe.

Before retiring to look after her family, Rina was a Planning Lawyer with a well respected London Law Firm and then Planning Partner with a large South West based Commercial Property Law Firm. Her work involved the coordination of large teams of specialists working on Strategic Land projects.

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Peter Barrett

Peter discovered the Pennine Way by accident and then walked it at age 19. He has since walked (and wild camped when he could) in much of upland and lowland Britain. He has walked hills, mountains and cities from southern Spain to Norway’s Nordkapp. He often returns to the high Pyrenees and now wants to revisit Japan and walk the Kumano Kodo. Peter walked the Portuguese Camino in 2015, organised by Rina. He has since explored potential pilgrimage routes in Britain and has developed and walked each day’s route through Somerset.

Peter was a teacher for 38 years and taught a wide range of subjects, including five at A Level. At his last school, St Gregory’s in Bath, he trained and supported students on Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions on Dartmoor and the Mendips. When at home, Peter has co-written and performed in many mummers plays.

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Garion Bird

Garion is responsible for the technical and legal duties of the company.