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Pilgrims Trailhead launch

This report is from Lynne Ward from the City of Subiaco who was kind enough to pen it for me as I have been overseas for some weeks.

The launch of the Pilgrims Trail trailhead, the starting point of the new heritage walking trail between Subiaco and New Norcia, was officially launched by the Mayor of Subiaco, Heather Henderson on Sunday 8 December 2013. The trail now stretches some 170 kilometres from Subiaco to the monastery town of New Norcia in the north-eastern wheat belt.

The marked trail has been initiated and developed by the Pilgrims Trail Foundation and takes its inspiration from the extraordinary life of Benedictine monk Dom Rosendo Salvado, the founder of the New Norcia Benedictine monastery, who walked between Subiaco and New Norcia on many occasions during his 54 years at New Norcia.

A QR code etched on a small plaque located at the trailhead links to the Pilgrim Trail Foundation blogsite.

The trailhead for this walk was developed by the Pilgrims Trail Foundation in partnership with the City of Subiaco and St Joseph’s Subiaco and is located in the newly named Piazza Salvado forecourt at St Joseph’s Subiaco, 3 Salvado Road, Subiaco”.

Pilgrims Progress II

On 29th September 2009, the leadership group of the Camino Salvado met to review the first walk that follows the current Pilgrims Trail. The Camino Salvado is a Pilgrimage, based on the ancient Camino Di Santiago in Spain, and is organised by the Parish of St Josephs in Subiaco WA.

Points raised were:

• The current Pilgrims Trail needs to be re-routed away from the Great Northern Highway north of Bindoon. Information provided since the recent Camino, and local knowledge suggests that the route can be rearranged to avoid all but the last 5 kms (approx) of the Great Northern Highway: ie on roads/trails towards Toodyay, travelling north from Walyunga National Park; utilising Julimar Road and fire trails and the Old Plains Road. Also, it was suggested that a route through Bindoon Agricultural College would also help avoid taking on the road trains.

• Safety is integral to the walk and permanent road signage through the Chittering Valley, to warn drivers that walkers use this route, will need to be considered: and all road walkers must wear appropriate “High Visibility” vests.

• Accommodation: Some was excellent and some less so. For groups in the future, paying a visit to all proposed premises prior to the Camino, and getting written confirmation of all details in order to avoid protracted waiting for facilities on arrival after a long days walk, should save a lot of headaches.

• Support Team: This was considered invaluable to the success of the Camino in terms of carriage of luggage, transporting pilgrims from and to finish/start points and ongoing support during the day. For future groups, it was thought that if 30 was the optimal number, then the breakdown should be 25 walkers and 5 support crew.

• Future Caminos: For 2010 there will be two Caminos to cater for an anticipated increase in numbers:

Monday 6th September

Monday 27th September

These points will be taken to the next meeting at the DSR on the 7th October.