ned spencer on the camino del norteGroup Leader: Ned Spencer

To celebrate my 60th birthday I walked the Camino Francés in May 2013. As with many pilgrims it had an interesting effect on my life!!

I can tell you some stories over a glass of Rioja maybe?

During the Summer of 2013 my family and friends started to tire of my stories – Did I tell you about when we slept outside?

So when I was approached by someone else who had recently walked The Camino and wanted to meet up – I said “YES”. Eddie Heakin was his name – and if he is reading this – come back Eddie, we miss you.

We advertised our meeting and ended up with about 25 people in a pub in Manchester. It was a lovely afternoon and so Ultreia Mancunia was formed.

We are linked to the CSJ in London and we try to support their events (such as the AGM) where we can. But it isn’t compulsory to be a CSJ Member to attend UM events. We have members from all over the North West / Wales / Cumbria and Yorkshire. There are now about 80 people on our membership list

So what do we do?

ultreia mancunia practical pilgrim day manchester 2020

We organise a Practical Pilgrim’s Day each year – usually March. This is intended to help people who are planning their first Camino to meet up / ask questions / get advice etc. This is always well attended and we always end up in a bar somewhere!

We have a Social meeting in December – this could be anywhere in the North West.

ultreia mancunia northern pilgrimageThen we organise about 3 walks each year. Mostly these are day walks but we did do The Peak Pilgrimage over 3 days – a lovely walk! We are looking at doing The Welsh Camino.

We have a Facebook page and members are encouraged to use this to swap photos / stories / information etc. Click here to see it! 

There is a monthly Zoom call for UM members, organised by Barbara Jones, on the fourth Monday of each month. 
We managed a couple of COVID-compliant walks between lockdowns in 2020, and look forward to organising many more whenever possible!

Email the office for contact details.