Pentecost pilgrimage
from Paris to Chartres

Material aspects

Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris - Notre-Dame Cathedral, Chartres : The pilgrims walk the full distance between the two cathedrals, approximately 60 miles, in three days. This involves considerable effort, long hours of walking and early mornings; very good physical fitness is therefore an advantage!

Food during the pilgrimage

Notre-Dame de Chrétienté supplies bread and water at each halt throughout the walk and at the evening campsite. At the campsite, hot soup is available in the evenings and breakfast (coffee, hot chocolate and bread and jam) is available in the mornings. Pilgrims should, however, bring their own food with them, enough for three cold picnic lunches and to supplement the evening soup. These should be organised before the walk as there are very limited opportunities to buy anything during the pilgrimage.

Assistance during the walk

Permanent medical assistance is available from the doctors and hospitallers of the Order of Malta, who have an outdoor hospital at each campsite.
Throughout the walk, shuttle buses provide transport for pilgrims who can no longer walk or, in case of emergency, to take them to hospital.

Pilgrim's equipment

Clothing for walking, particularly walking boots (well worn-in) or good walking shoes (synthetic fibre socks are not advised). Here is the list of essentials :

a small backpack to carry throughout, containing :

- Food: lunch for the day and energy-giving snacks (dried fruit, salty nuts, etc.)
- Waterproof raingear (heavy rain possible!)
- pullover
- water bottle (water supplied) and knife/fork/spoon
- cup for tea/coffee/soup (contents supplied, bring tea bags if tea required)
- hat, to protect against the sun
- Pilgrim’s Booklet (supplied, containing all the Mass texts, hymns, and other prayers)
- Small plastic bag/cover for Pilgrim’s Booklet
- plasters and general simple medication (for blisters, headaches, dehydration etc.)
- rosary

a larger bag, which will be taken in the special pilgrimage lorries and which is retrieved each evening, containing :

- food reserves (for remaining meals)
- torch
- warm jumper/garment (cold early mornings)
- change of clothing (a pullover, shirts, trousers, pants, vests, socks)
- light shoes for the evening (good boots recommended for the walk)
- toiletries
- night-clothes
- warm sleeping bag
- personal tent (if you have one) or Groundsheet and mat (for collective tents)
(It is essential that all items are wrapped securely in plastic bags to keep them dry)

Luggage transportation

Pilgrims may leave their heavy luggage with the special pilgrimage lorries’ teams as soon as they arrive at Cathedral Notre-Dame in Paris on the Saturday morning. There will be a lorry marked "ETRANGERS'. The luggage will be transported by these special lorries to the evening campsite where they can be retrieved under a large sign marked "ETRANGERS" (to be confirmed). Pilgrims should not forget to label their bags with their names and contact details and to attach ribbons to them to identify them as « ETRANGERS ». They are also advised to label all belongings with their name and address.

Evening bivouacs

Notre-Dame de Chrétienté supplies a campsite equipped with wash-basins (cold running water only), toilets, electricity supply, and some collective tents (we try to reserve spaces for the British Pilgrims, so it is important that the British organisers are aware that you require tent space). The tents are single sex and pilgrims are kindly asked to respect this.
On arrival at the campsite, pilgrims retrieve their large bags, and make their way to the "ETRANGERS" area where the collective tents will be waiting and where there is space to set up their personal tents.