Quaker Pilgrimage – A trip to “Fox and Fell Country”

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!

Registration opens on Monday, September 30, 2019, at which time participants will reserve a space by mailing in a paper registration form with a non-refundable deposit of $500 or by registering online with a credit card. Forms can be found below. Online registration will become live on Monday, September 30, 2019 at 9am. Early registration will not be accepted.

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

Registration for the July 2020 pilgrimage trip will open on Monday, September 30, 2019. Online registration will become live at 9am.

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 $1100-$1300.

* 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. Flights typically depart the east coast of the US in the evening, arriving in the UK the following morning. FYI, for those in the Philadelphia area: American is the only 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 or meet the group at the Manchester airport on Monday, July 13, 2020.


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.

 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, AP 19102