Walking the Walk

Cell at Richmond Castle which housed Conscientious Objectors

To mark 100 years of Quaker peace witness in the North , NFPB is organising a walk of witness from 29th June to 5th July. The walk begins at Richmond Castle, where the ‘Richmond Sixteen’ (conscientious objectors in WW1) were imprisoned and ends at Menwith Hill, the US Air Force electronic communications base on the North Yorks moors. It links two significant sites of peace witness which span the Northern Friends Peace Board’s first hundred years.

We aim to gather a core party of 18 Friends (16 walkers and two drivers) who will do the whole route. It will also be possible for other people to join on a day basis and we are considering the best ways of enabling this wider participation. Designed to be gently-paced, the walk will cover approximately 35 miles over five days. The route is very beautiful and full of variety, including Yorkshire Dales moorland, valleys and woods. The distance will be covered in sections of varying lengths, the longest stretch being no more than about 8 miles. You will be able to walk in a small group at you own pace. A minibus will take you to the beginning of each day’s section and collect you at the end, returning you to our base for the week.

The walk will begin and end with an act of witness. Firstly, an open-air Meeting for Worship in the grounds of Richmond Castle. And then on 4th July we join the annual ‘Independence from America Day’ demonstration outside the Menwith Hill base, organised by Campaign For the Accountability of American Bases.

Further details are at: http://nfpb.org.uk/walk100

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