Sponsored by Friends Council on Education & Philadelphia Yearly Meeting

About 30 Friends and Quaker educators from Monthly Meetings and Friends schools gather as a multigenerational group to explore Quakerism’s past as it relates to the present. Together for six days, the group develops into a beautiful community of Friends. Quaker Pilgrims said of the last journey…“I have a new awareness of the Quaker faith and Quakers living in the world today.” 

Our Next Journey

The next Quaker Pilgrimage to England will take place July 13-19, 2020. Quaker Pilgrims and trip leaders, Irene McHenry (Chestnut Hill Meeting, PA), Denis Nicholson Asselin (Westtown Meeting, PA), and Deborra Sines Pancoe (Abington Meeting, PA), will explore the roots of the Religious Society of Friends in England’s “1652 Country” with the help of guides from Britain Yearly Meeting. 

The group climbs the original Pendle Hill, tours Margaret Fell’s Swarthmoor Hall, visits Lancaster Jail and Castle, and worships in 17th century meeting houses. Participants gain a broader sense of Quaker faith through developing friendships and shared discussions with fellow travelers. British Quakers in the Lake District help make travelers’ exploration of Quaker History vivid and exciting.

The Costs - The cost for the 2020 six-day Pilgrimage is $1800 per person. This fee includes room and board at Glenthorne Quaker Guesthouse, local bus travel to historic sites, guides, and site entry fees. The fee does NOT include airfare. Maximum group size: 27 people. Some financial aid is available.

Join Us!

We are thrilled to see such spirited enthusiasm for this journey! If you have questions or concerns, please contact us.

Irene McHenry

Deborra Sines Pancoe

Denis Nicholson Asselin

Registration Process

Registration Process

There is a great deal of interest in this trip, and we have space for 27 people.

Please read these instructions carefully —

We will accept registrations for these 27 spaces in the order in which they are received.

To register, complete the registration form [to come] (one for each person), and submit it with $500 deposit per person. Payment may be made to "Friends Council on Education" with "Pilgrimage" in the notes section. (This deposit is refundable only if your space is filled.) To be equitable to all, we will take registrations in the order in which they are received, as determined by deposit submission or postmark date.

We ask that you mail your registration via first class postal mail on Monday, September 30, 2019 or after. You may register online on September 30, 2019.


We will email each Pilgrimage applicant with registration status within three days of receiving your application. 
Please note: Wait for registration confirmation before making travel reservations.*


Travel Information


Each participant is responsible for arranging and paying for individual travel arrangements to and from Glenthorne Quaker Guest House in Grasmere, England. An estimated cost for round trip to Manchester from Philadelphia is $1000-$1500.

* Please note: Wait for registration confirmation from us before making any travel reservations.

We recommend flying into Manchester airport. England is 5 hours ahead of EST in USA. When booking a flight from the east coast US, remember to leave the east coast on July 12 in order to arrive in Manchester on the morning of July 13 before 11am.

FYI, for those in the Philadelphia area: American is one carrier to offer non-stop flights from Philadelphia to Manchester. Alternatively, you could fly in and out of London and travel to Glenthorne Quaker Guest House via British rail to Oxenholme station. If you would like to discuss travel ideas, call Deborra.


We have arranged for one shuttle (included in fee) from the Manchester airport to and from Glenthorne Quaker Guest House on the mornings of Monday, July 13 and Sunday, July 19, 2020.


Trip insurance policies are optional and available for each individual to purchase on his/her own. For trip insurance, contact your own travel agent. We will be happy to talk with you and serve as a resource about extended travel you may wish to do before or after our week together.

Payment Plan

Payment Plan

The fee of $1800 includes all room and board (shared room) at Glenthorne Quaker Guest House, local bus travel to historic sites on the tour, site entry fees, tour guides, and tips. The fee includes one shuttle from Manchester airport to Glenthorne Quaker Guest House on Monday, July 13, and back to the airport on Sunday,  July 19. The fee does NOT include airfare. Payment is due as soon as possible.

Your $500 deposit will be applied to the total trip fee. Payment can be made online or checks are to be payable to Friends Council on Education. Please write “Quaker Pilgrimage” in the note area or pay online below.

Future payments will be due as follows:
December 6, 2019           $650
March 6, 2020                 $650

Limited financial aid is available for Quakers and Friends school educators. Grants shall be in the range of $400 per person. It is expected that financial aid applicants will also apply to their school, monthly meeting, and other sources.

Submit your completed registration form and submit payment of the $500 deposit online or return completed Registration Form, with $500 deposit per person, Via first class postal mail, to:
Attn: Deborra Sines Pancoe
Friends Council on Education
1507 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Draft Itinerary

Sunday, July 12, 2020
Fly from United States to Manchester, England (These are usually overnight flights.)

Monday, July 13, 2020 
Trip fee includes group coach transportation from Manchester airport to Glenthorne,

10am (approximately)
Coach departs Manchester Airport (designated spot) for Glenthorne, Grasmere.

12:30 pm
Arrive and relax in Glenthorne, Grasmere.

Tea, Worship, & Orientation to Glenthorne and our trip together.

Daily Schedule and Meals in Glenthorne Dining Room

6:30 to 7:30
Hiking (optional)
Proposed early morning hikes include: Grasmere & toward Rydal Water; Alan Bank, loop through woods; Easedale Tarn; Dove cottage toward Coffin Route to Rydal Mount; Lancrigg.

Breakfast;  Lunch en route (packed each day)

Tea (most days)


Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Coach to Clitheroe Friends Meeting House, near Pendle. Worship and welcome talk from local Friends.

12:30 approx.
Hike up Pendle Hill.

1:30 pm
Enjoy the views – brief worship.
Note:  Non-hikers may stay with the coach and enjoy the views and walk along the lower slopes.

Tea, dinner, worship, and informal conversation.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Town of Sedbergh & St. Andrew’s Parish Church (Church of England)
Brigflatts Friends Meeting House, Firbank Fell, & Fox’s Pulpit.
Tea, dinner, worship, and informal conversation with optional activities in the evening.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Visit Colthouse Meeting House; worship in meetinghouse or cemetery;
Time to visit Hawkshead Village.
Swarthmoor Hall, home of Margaret Fell; tour, worship, and historical presentation.
Tea, dinner, worship, and informal conversation.

Friday, July 17, 2020

Open day for exploring on your own.  Possibilities include: Wordsworth’s house & museum, Beatrix Potter’s house (Advance tickets advised. Near Hawkshead, take a cab), Heaton Cooper Art Gallery, Taffy Thomas’ garden (a local storyteller in Grasmere), walk or boat around Grasmere Lake or hike to the waterfall and Easdale Tarn.

The #555 Stagecoach Local bus service northward to Castlerigg ancient stone circle, Keswick, Derwentwater, Mosedale Meetinghouse and Coffee shop, and bus tours available from Keswick.

Afternoon tea, dinner, and evening activity -         “Friday Nite Live!” – in the Glenthorne conference room.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Lancaster Castle.

Lancaster Meeting House for packed lunch, worship, and greeting Lancaster Friends.

Kendal Meeting, worship with Friends, and Quaker Tapestry Exhibition & Tea Rooms.
Tea on your own, if desired.

Coach back to Glenthorne in time for dinner at 7pm.

Dinner & “Meeting for Leaving.”

Sunday, July 19, 2020
Coach: 5:30am (approx..)
Coach from Glenthorne to Manchester Airport.