James Bagge’s pilgrimage to Santiago

The birth of Walking4Norfolk began with the first pilgrimage (though not my personal first – more of that another time) – my walking 1500 miles on foot to the extraordinary Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain.


The route

1500 miles to Santiago!



Making a difference

In the Middle Ages, people would undertake pilgrimages as an act of celebration or a display of their dedication to a cause they truly believed in.

Taking inspiration from this, at the end of my year as High Sheriff just before Easter 2018, I set forth on a ‘modern pilgrimage’ of my own to honour Norfolk and its vibrant community spirit.

Starting from my birthplace in Stradsett on 28th March, I walked the 1500 miles to Santiago de Compostela, which is located on the west coast of Spain. I arrived on June 29, ahead of schedule!

‘A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step’

A 1500 mile walk with a sense of trepidation! But I was rightly confident that with the support of members of the public including unpaid carers, carers’ organisations, friends, family and strangers who became part of my Walking4Norfolk family, each step I took raised awareness of and support for this worthy cause.

You can find out all about my fascinating journey on my blog, and on twitter.

The target was £60,000 and at the last count on my fundraising page I have raised well over that to date. I am delighted to have the support of Norfolk Community Foundation in administering the Walking4Norfolk Fund, which distributes funds raised to local voluntary organisations throughout the county who care for and support our carers, ensuring that funds are targeted where the need is greatest.

Join me in my commitment to continue raising money for Norfolk’s unsung heroes – the Carers!

Why not join our ‘Walk to Walsingham’ in September 2019?