Pleasure replaces purgatory in Janet’s long walk

Walking 2200km along a path once travelled by medieval pilgrims seeking to reduce their time in purgatory is a spiritual, cultural and physical “journey” for Stirling’s Janet Leitch.

Janet Leitch.

The local music teacher set off on a medieval pilgrimage trail in April and is currently in Italy on her way from Cantebury to Rome.
Mrs Leitch said there were four “main pilgrimage paths” travelled during medieval times dating back to the ninth century.
These included The Camino which went to Santiago de Compostela in north west Spain where it is believed the apostle Saint James was buried, and the Via Francigena which she is currently following.
“Pilgrims walked in medieval times to gain an indulgence which would allow them time off in purgatory,” she said.

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