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New Norcia By-Pass to open in 2017

The State Government Minister for Roads recently announced the the proposed Bye-Pass for New Norcia will proceed and it is intended that it will be open for traffic in 2017. The pilgrim Trail Foundation have worked closely with the Main Roads during the development of the plans and as a result we have made some changes to the final days of the trail – all of which are for the safety and greater experience of the walkers.

Main Roads will be incorporating a safe crossing on the new highway and are proposing to help create a new entry into New Norcia across the river to the south of the town. The Pilgrim Trail Board are very grateful for the manner in which Main Roads have taken our needs into consideration.

The other great news is that the Department of Parks and Wildlife are helping us in marking the Trail through Walyunga and Julimar Parks. This should be completed by the end of June. This has cemented a great relationship between our two organisations and we thank them enormously for their support and encouragement.

Our next big challenge is to create world class camping sites along the trail and discussions are already well under way to action this goal.

Finally, we’re working on Membership. So if you’re interested in receiving an email newsletter or becoming an active member to support the Pilgrim Trail, please send me your contact details to admin@pilgrimtrail.com.au

First Pilgrim Trail Board of 2015

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With the two Camino Salvado Pilgrimages by St Josephs in Subiaco already full, more Colleges becoming interested in walking the trail and individual walkers wanting to “do their own thing” MMXV looks like becoming a seminal year in the development of the Pilgrim Trail. We also discussed creating a Sister-link with the Camino De Santiago and have initiated discussion with the regional Government in Galicia to get the ball rolling. We are also planing to extend Membership of the Pilgrim Trail to the wider community and are working on “Member Benefits” to go with it. But the big news out of the Board Meeting is that we will officially launch the Trail at Easter 2016 with a special walking group that will include some of the original walkers from 2009. If you’re interested in being part of this Historic event, please contact us early as interest will be huge!

If you want any information about us please contact us at admin@pilgrimtrail.com.au

Talk in York of linking to the Camino Salvado

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Photo courtesy of the Kalamunda Post

A recent article by Sally McGlue in the Kalamunda Post has aroused interest in linking the historical town of York to the Pilgrim Trail™ which joins Subiaco to New Norcia. Since it’s inception in 2009, the Pilgrim Trail has been evolving as it tries to follow the way of Rosendo Salvado, the pioneering Spanish Benedictine monk who came out to the Swan River Colony in the 19th century.

Over the past 5 years event walks from St Josephs Church in Subiaco have seen groups of Pilgrims undertaking the Camino Salvado to the monastery town of New Norcia. With increased usage of the Trail by more diverse groups of walkers, contemporary pilgrims and school groups too, it is exciting that York has shown interest in linking to the Pilgrim trail.

We look forward to seeing how this expansion of the Pilgrim trail will play out.

2015 looks like being a very exciting year for the Pilgrim Trail™ and the Camino Salvado

New Norcia reward for Camino Salvado 2014

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Those amazing Pilgrims who just finished the 2014 Camino Salvado had the added reward of being presented with the Certificates above by the Benedictine Community. It had a genuine wax seal on it too! In Spain these certificates are known as Compostela, perhaps we should call them ‘djin djin” which means “good spirit” in the Noongar language.

For those who receive them, they will be a life long reminder about what a wonderful journey they experienced. Our sincere thanks go to the New Norcia Community for such generosity of spirit.

The spirit of pilgrimage, the spirit of disparate peoples coming together from all around the Australia – and one day from all around the planet – is a great sign to the rest of the world.

Spread the word!

Camino Salvado 2014

PT_logoThe second Camino Salvado organized by St Jospeh’s Church Subiaco has just been completed, and by all accounts was another great success. According to Alan and Bernadette Lush “Our Camino could not have been better, blisters were the only issue and readily dealt with”. Many thanks to Sue Hymus, John Bell and their organizing committee whom I know are already fielding inquiries for next years 2 Parish Caminos.

For those of you who might be considering walking the Camino as a small group of your own, check out our advice page http://pilgrimtrail.com.au/about/ to get some pointers for organizing your own walk along the Pilgrim Trail.

Camino Salvado is now in it’s 6th year and attracting walkers from all around Australia. Later this year I’m going to Santiago de Compostela to give a talk on how we established the Camino Salvado and went on to create the Pilgrim Trail. This is such an exciting time for this new Heritage Trail here in Western Australia.

Buon Camino as they say in Spain 🙂

 

 

 

Julimar to Bolgart

Canola

The good news is that the Trail has survived the recent heavy rain and is in great condition. The flowers and wildlife are out in abundance. Two Emu took off like rockets just in front of us and several small ‘Roos hopped across out path too, which was both thrilling and kept us on the alert for more! However, one of the tracks we checked out – Heine Rd – was badly fissured by the rains and I would think it is too dangerous for recreational walkers. But the Pilgrim Trail route is in “great nick”!

Further out in the country, the fields are awash with vast splashes of yellow Canola with it’s distinctive scent, and great swathes of fresh green from the young wheat. It looks stunning!

Bulligan

We then went on to Bolgart which on first impressions looked a tad forlorn – even the Pub was shut! But then we met Lester Snooke and his good lady and they were a delight to meet and very interested in the trail and informative about some of Bolgarts historical figures like Captain Scully. Lester’s Dad also walked the Camino Salvado last year, so the link was already established. I am very excited about the important part Bolgart will play in futre years as the numbers of walkers increases and the need for local hospitality is met by the good people of that little town.

Welcome to Bolgart

Then it was back up Bolgart West Road and Old Plains Road to finsih some trail marking then finally we headed for home, a nice hot shower and a hot cuppa!

PS The rains have also brought out the Mozzies so do remember your insect repellent. Mozzies bite and Mozzies buzz, but they are also a vector for some very unpleasant diseases. So repel them before they upset you.

Happy walking!

One door closes, another one opens

Its been a long time coming but things have started to move past the “ready, steady …” to the “go” for our Trail!

We have been frustrated by long delays from certain quarters, but following some “intervention” this appears to have been resolved and we have now established great cooperation with that entity and are hopeful of completion in access agreements in the next couple of weeks.

On the flip side, access to the CAC in Bindoon has been withdrawn by the new operating authority the Edmund Rice Education Authority. This comes after four years of fantastic understanding with the school principals, the farm manager and staff at the College, and the PTF thanks the College Community for their past enthusiasm. However, the powers that be have decided that we can no longer use that route so an alternative has been sought …. and found … and found to be EVEN BETTER! 

We are very excited about the new route as it does away with the need for prior permissions to cross private land. It also extends the walk by about another 15 to 20 km making it an even greater walk than before!

We are currently in the process of exploring the route, marking it and photographing it too.

Finally: in the next few weeks we will be moving to our new Webpage which is currently being built. So keep an eye out for
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The Trail Head

It’s been a busy time gearing up for the two Camino Salvados from Subiaco to New Norcia and Clive, our intrepid trail marker has managed to put up some of the markers along the way. This is a bigger challenge that one would anticipate as each “territory”we move through has it’s own ideas of how to to it … and a plethora of rules to abide by too. But in the vast majority of cases everyone involved has been kind and helpful.
We also had a great meeting with the head of the newly formed Department of Parks WA – DPWA – and are hoping to develop some great initiatives with them in the future.
I also had a wonderful meeting with the organizer of the Black Swan Arts Award who suggested that next year we take a group of artists along the trail and then ask them to interpret their experience in the visual art of their choice. Then we would hold an exhibition to showcase their talents … and the Trail of course!
Herbert Smith Freehills – the law firm – have been extraordinarily generous with their help on the legal side of things and we own them a huge vote of thanks for all their work.
Finally, we caught up with the walkers on this years walk up in the Chittering Valley and delivered some goodies to keep their energy levels up. Their spirits need no boosting: they are having a WONDERFUL experience despite the frequent deluges of rain that have failed to dampen their enthusiasm. May their happy memories last a lifetime.

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A few of the “happy campers” enjoying a well deserved break.

AND FINALLY WE ARE GOING TO GET OUR TRAILHEAD

It’s going to be inlaid into the forecourt at the front of St Josephs Church, Salvado Road, Subiaco – so hopefully I’ll post a picture of it in my next posting.

August 2013 – Recent Board Meeting

Progress!

At our last Board Meeting it was resolved that we appoint a commercial operator to run walking groups for the PTF. The successful candidate was Inspiration Outdoors, a husband and wife team who are committed to the idea, telling it’s story and protecting the environment all at the same time!
Their link appears on the right hand side.
We also asked Clive McIntyre to go ahead and order the Logo signs of the trail and mark the trail before this years first Camino Salvado which happens in a couple of weeks.

Trail Marker

Projects for the next few months and for next year include:

Upgrading the Webpage to reflect the greater demands of more walkers.
Applying for funding to provide “cross-over” stiles in fence lines where appropriate.
Develop plans for celebrating the Bicentenary of Bishop Rosenda Slavado which occur in 2014.

We have also decided to support the development of the “Piazza Salvado” at the front of St Josephs Church in Subiaco where we will erect a suitable, temporary symbol of the trail head for the Pilgrim Trail. Our expectations are that in the next 5 to 10 years we may need to find a more suitable site nearby that will be able to accommodate the increasing numbers, and not clash with the activities of an already very busy Parish. The City of Subiaco have been excellent partners in our development and we look forward to building on that relationship as the local Councils merge in the next 12 months.