Join us for the first gathering of Edinburgh Diocese for three years! We’re bringing together the themes from the Season of Pilgrimage and the commitment of the Scottish Episcopal Church to reach Net Zero carbon by 2030.  It’ll be quite a journey, so let’s start together…

In the morning (from 9.30am) we will travel together to St Mary’s Cathedral from the  four corners of Edinburgh:

  • Cycle in from South Queensferry
  • or walk along the Water of Leith
  • or from St James’ Balm Well, Liberton
  • or from St Mark’s, Portobello
  • Also gather at St Mary’s to discover accessible ways to pilgrimage without the long walks (from 10.30am)

From midday we gather at St Mary’s Cathedral

  • Lunch – bring your own (soup, tea and coffee provided)
  • Worship
  • Guest speakers – the ‘whys and whats’ of Net Zero:
    • Ruth Valerio, Environmentalist and theologian, social activist and author she is the Director of Global Advocacy and Influencing at Tearfund. See net
    • Robert Woodford, member of the SEC Provincial Environment Group, founder of consultancy Opus Earth (creator of our Energy Footprint Analyser) and the co-founder & director of Deep Time Walk Project.
  • Please bring your ideas, experiences, dreams and fears about our journey to Net Zero.  There will be plenty of time for discussion and questions.

Join us for the whole day or for as much as you can.

We look forward to walking and worshipping with you

Please register your interest on our Eventbrite website and find more details on the morning walks/cycle on:

The Pilgrimage Routes in the Morning

From the East: St Mark’s, Portobello

Meet at 9.30 in the garden at St Mark’s, 287 Portobello High Street. The walk will take us along a mixture of major and minor roads, feeding up through Fishwives Causeway, and entering Holyrood Park at Meadowbank. We will pass Holyrood Palace and Parliament, walk to Dynamic Earth where we will go up the Cowgate and Grassmarket to King’s Stables Road, through the crescents to Palmerston Place. – Approximately 4.8miles.

To register for this route, contact Rev Canon Sophia Marriage:

From the South: Balmwell

The Balmwell Toby Carvery (41 Howdenhall Rd, EH16 6PG) at 9.30am, to the foot of Liberton Brae, up and along West Mains Rd or through King’s Building site, up through Blackford to the Grange, Marchmont, the Meadows, Lothian Rd, cut through Festival Square and Rutland Square, and across to the cathedral.  (If you come to the Toby Carvery for 8.30am you could have breakfast too!). To register for this route, contact Rev Nick Bowry:

From the South-West: Water of Leith

Simply follow the Water of Leith from the Visitor Centre (24 Lanark Road) on the walkway all the way to the Cathedral!

To register for this route, contact Rev David Paton-Williams:

From the West: By bike from South Queensferry

Meet at Dalmeny Station for 9.30am before following the National Cycle Route 1 all the way to the city centre and the Cathedral.

To register for this route, contact Rev Tim Tunley: