Penelope Swithinbank

Penelope Swithinbank is the creator of Bumpsadaisy and chaplain at Bath Abbey. She has had three books published (the latest being Scent of Water), been a rector in South Carolina, opened the US Senate in prayer, led pilgrimages in the UK and Europe, and run a retreat house. She is grandmother to six almost-teenagers and claims the grandchildren are so great she should have had them first!

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    To celebrate turning 70, I walked a 200 mile pilgrimage from Coventry to Bath


    Writer Penelope Swithinbank took on the challenge of a 200 mile pilgrimage to mark her 70th birthday, spending time with God and raising money for charity at the same time.

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    Enjoy the journey


    You may be wondering what pilgrimage and the end of lockdown have in common. Having recently walked from Winchester to Canterbury, Penelope Swithinbank offers up three Ps – possessions, purpose and people – to help us link the two