• Chester Cathedral Pilgrimage
    Published: Thursday 22 September 2016 09:20:AM
    Author: Tony Newall
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    Four intrepid hikers set off from Waverton Church at around 3-15pm after witnessing a fascinating demonstration illustrating the earth’s rotation using a pendulum (similar to Faucalt) suspended from the church bell-tower
    1½ hours later we arrived in the centre of Chester at our destination the Cathedral by walking along the route of the Chester- Nantwich canal (part of the Chester/Lichfield Trail). En-route we witnessed the peace and silence of the Cheshire countyside with lots of bird-life (including a friendly  heron which insisted in following us), some attractive water-side homes with gardens down to the waters edge and a boat-house, through the villages of Waverton, Christleton and Rowton before entering Chester at Boughton.
    Many canal barges passed us by at a leisurely pace little quicker than our walk, but with 5 locks to negotiate we easily beat them to the centre of Chester (on a very warm sunny day, we did have to resist the temptations of the water-side inns)
    Just time to freshen up and take coffee before being joined by 7/8 other Whitegate/Little Budworth pilgrims for a beautiful Choral Evensong at 5-30pm with Canon Jane Brooke- the Cathedral literature rightly describes the event as attending a concert as the choir really entertained us for 45 minutes- plenty of time for a civil engineer like myself to admire the Cathedral construction and the atmosphere for real meditation.
    After the  service along with another dozen pilgrims we were treated to a grand and amusing tour of the Cathedral , the explanation of its obvious design as an Abbey before conversion to a Cathedral in 1541, and  including the Chapter House, Cloisters, Library, Court- Room , Song-Room and that beautiful/amazing Nativity Window.
    We completed our evening with the short service of Compline, before enjoying a superb lasagne supper in the Refrectory.
    In summary what a lovely inspirational afternoon/evening and our thanks to the Pastoral Committee and Canon Chris. I look forward to the next such visit (hope I can still walk) and I will surely attend the Cathedral Evensong again in the near future.