Adventure of a Lifetime

On board the Morgenster Credit: Fair Ferry

From June 8 to 15, 36 ‘pilgrim/sailors’ will sail from the UK to A Coruña on a tall ship and then carry on to Santiago de Compostela.

John Raffety, Chairman of Age in Spain told Euro Weekly News that these pilgrims will sail from Fowey in Cornwall, England to A Coruña and then walk to Santiago de Compostela to visit the tomb of Saint James in the Cathedral making the journey just as it would have been in the middle-ages.

A little history

Medieval traveller, William Wey noted that the pilgrimage way to Compostela enjoyed widespread fame throughout medieval Europe. Land and sea alike were furrowed with routes rich in spirituality leading to Santiago de Compostela.

The pilgrimage by sea

Three pilgrims from England – Simon Jenkins, Ned Spencer and Peter Hore developed the idea and found a company which had ships willing to carry pilgrims to Galicia.

Many of the participants will walk The Saints Way which is a 27 mile route which crosses Cornwall from Padstow in the north to Fowey on the south coast.

It follows the probable route of early Christian pilgrims making their way from Ireland and Wales to Brittany or Santiago de Compostela.

On arrival in Fowey they will board the tall ship the Morgenster, sail out of the Fowey Estuary, cross the English Channel and Bay of Biscay and onwards to A Coruña where they will disembark to walk to Santiago.

Participants will be taught sailing skills and will take their turn at the watches – four hour periods to keep the ship safe 24 hours a day.

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John Smith

Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica. Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene. Currently he is acting as Editorial Consultant for the paper helping to shape its future development. Share your story with us by emailing, by calling +34 951 38 61 61 or by messaging our Facebook page