12 noon, Saturday 31st July at Belstone

Join us on SATURDAY at BELSTONE for the launch of The Archangel’s Way, a new pilgrimage route where all are welcome to engage with our fascinating landscape, find sanctuary in 12 historic churches, and find space for the soul through walking, poetry and the beauty of Dartmoor, past and present. The 35+ mile pilgrimage route begins from St Michael’s, Brentor and ends at St Michael the Archangel, Chagford.

The launch of TAW will centre on Belstone, near Okehampton, with walkers and runners arriving from Sourton and Chagford on the pilgrimage route. Archangel bells will ring out across Northern Dartmoor from eleven churches along the Way, beginning at 9am at St Michael the Archangel, Chagford and ending at 7.45pm at St Michael’s, Brentor.

Events for Saturday, 31st July on The Green at Belstone:

11:45 Ringing of the Church Bells

12:00-12:30 Outdoor inclusive service led by Revd Paul Seaton-Burn at which Jim Causley will give the inaugural performance of his song composed for The Archangel’s Way

12:30 Runners arrive from Chagford

12:30-14:45 Music and Dancing – featuring Annie McGee and James Goodwin, Last Man Standing (part of The Electroleles), Cogs and Wheels Ladies Morris, accompanied by Mike Palmer

15:00-15:45 Ringing of the Church Bells to welcome the arrival of walkers from Sourton and Chagford

15:45-16:30 Music from Hot Club Du Square More information from Judith Oakes on judith.oakes@btinternet.com

or Revd Paul Seaton-Burn on paulsburn@btinternet.com

The Archangel’s Way is a part of a series of pilgrim routes being developed by Devon Pilgrim across the Diocese of Exeter.