Walking the path

A window from Dewsbury Minster

The Paulinus Way starts in Todmorden on the Yorkshire/Lancashire border and retraces the steps of St Paulinus until it reaches the city of York.

Paulinus lived quietly as a monk in Rome. But in 601 Pope Gregory sent him on a challenging mission to convert Britain to Christianity.

When Paulinus arrived, Britain was largely Pagan, with a very different culture and climate to that of Rome. The differences were more marked when this quiet missionary travelled North. But despite the challenges, Paulinus helped lay the foundations of Christianity in Britain.

The Paulinus Way follows part of the saint’s mission to Yorkshire, with sites of interest along the way. At Dewsbury, on the banks of the River Calder, Paulinus preached the Gospel and baptised the faithful in AD 627. Shortly after, a wooden church was built nearby.

Over time the wood was replaced with Yorkshire stone and became Dewsbury Minster. Today, it houses the only remaining fragments of the Paulinus Cross, an intricately carved monument to St Paulinus dating back to the 9th Century.

The Paulinus Way takes in other sanctuaries and markers commemorating St Paulinus’ mission. It ends at York Minster, where Paulinus would go on to become the first Bishop. 

For further information and route map, click to visit the British Pilgrimage Trust website.

Image: A window from Dewsbury Minster (No Swan So Fine, via Wikimedia Commons)

Share their journey

Like Paulinus, missionaries today are often called far from home to bring Christ’s message to the world.

Sr Nilcéia travelled all the way from Brazil to Malawi – a distance of almost 5,750 miles. She now runs a health clinic in a remote village.

Sr Nilcéia has responded to God’s call by devoting her life to the practical care and spiritual nourishment of the most vulnerable people. As you walk, please hold Sr Nilcéia in your heart and prayers. You can read more about Sr Nilceia here>>

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Raising funds

Pilgrim walks are primarily a journey of prayer and there is no obligation to raise money as you walk. However, every penny and pound you share with Missio furthers our mission to share God’s love around the world. If you would like to fundraise during your walk, thank you so much! The easiest way is to set up a JustGiving page, or contact us for further help.