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Friends Way 1
Martin Budgett   Jacquetta Megarry  
16 May 2022
UK price £13.99
80pp, 130 x 220mm, 180g

Friends Way 1

George Fox's Journey


Martin Budgett Jacquetta Megarry

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The Friends Way is a grand walk that starts in Barley, Lancashire, passing over the summit of Pendle Hill to and through some of the finest parts of the Yorkshire Dales to end at Sedbergh. It combines glorious scenery with superb wildlife and striking geology, and it also visits many places that were crucial in George Fox’s journey of 1652. He preferred to deliver his sermons outdoors, dismissing churches as ‘steeple-houses’. His long walk and discussions with Seekers and other dissidents were the catalyst for the creation of the Society of Friends, first known as Quakers.

From Pendle Hill, where Fox had his vision, to Fox’s Pulpit, where he gave his ‘Sermon on the Fell’ to a crowd of over 1000, the route is steeped in Fox’s personal journey. This 62-mile Way ends at Sedbergh, a town rich in Quaker heritage, to be followed by two day-walks, one a circuit that takes in Fox’s Pulpit. The whole route can be completed comfortably inside one week. It will appeal not only to all Quakers who enjoy walking, but also to those walkers who don’t yet know the remarkable story of Fox’s 1652 journey and life.

To understand why we split Fox’s journey into two walks, neither of which precisely follows in his footsteps, please click on Bonus content below and download the PDF.  Our second volume takes you onward from Sedbergh to Ulverston – to Swarthmoor Hall where he met Margaret Fell. In 1669 he married her and Margaret Fell Fox is widely regarded as the mother of Quakerism. Friends Way 2 will follow in 2023.


This guidebook contains all you need to plan and enjoy the Friends Way:

  • details of distance, terrain and food/drink for walkers
  • Quaker heritage and history
  • concise biography of George Fox
  • planning information for travel by car, train, bus or plane
  • richly illustrated sections on geology and wildlife
  • detailed mapping  at 1:35,000
  • in full colour, with 70-90 colour photos
Bonus content

For an explanation of how our route relates to George Fox’s actual journey, please download this one-page PDF: Fox’sFootsteps