The CSJ has a small but flourishing Regional Group in Cumbria, which formed during lockdown, and has rapidly developed into a friendly and active group.  After an initial walk in 2020, the group had three walks together in 2021 and continued its programme in 2022, inspired by a number of its members who walked Caminos this year! The group holds regular zoom meetings throughout the year. It is led by David Last who, for further information, can be contacted here:  d[email protected] 

Anyone with an interest in the Camino, including pilgrims past, present and future, are all very welcome to join us.  

Latest updates/ upcoming events:

August 2023:

The Cumbria regional group had a small get together to celebrate St James's Day on July 25th in the village of Uldale, near Caldbeck, just north of Skiddaw. They enjoyed a very sociable lunch, catching up on what they had been doing since the last meeting, and talking about future events that may be planned.

After lunch they had a short walk to the church dedicated to St James in the village, which is in the middle of some very extensive repair work.

However the church, which is in a beautiful location, was fortunately open, and a prayer was said for the late John Brierley.

It is to be hoped that we will visit Uldale again on St James's Day next year to see how the repairs are coming along.

On Thursday August 17th a walk is planned from Dufton up to High Cup Nick in the Pennines. The same walk was undertaken in August last year and was enjoyed by all who were there, as were the tea and cakes afterwards in the village tea room. If anyone would like to join us on the 17th please contact the group leader, David Last, at [email protected]."

June 2023:

A small group of members recently met for a visit to the Brewery cinema in Kendal to see the film “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry”, and a meal afterwards at a local tapas restaurant. The day was enjoyed by all those who attended, and the film was excellent. A very touching story, which brought out many aspects of life that are evident in the Camino experience.

On Saturday July 15th some members of the group are joining the John Bradburne Memorial Society for their annual pilgrimage walk up Cross Fell from Kirkland. The Bishop of Lancaster will hopefully be with us to give a blessing on the summit. Last year it was a very good day out, and although it is quite a long day the walking was not too taxing.

On St James’s Day, July 25th, we are hoping to have a social get together for lunch at a venue to be arranged.

If anyone wants to be involved in either the Cross Fell walk or the lunch on the 25th, then please contact David Last at [email protected] for further details.