Three Oratories Walk – London, Oxford and Birmingham.

The 3 – Oratories Walk

An Ambitious 340 mile Sponsored Walk to raise money for the

Oxford Oratory’s Reaffirmation & Renewal Campaign

The Route

The walk will cover about 340 miles in total, over 3 sections.

Solemn Benediction at the Oxford Oratory

Section 1, from the Oxford Oratory to the London Oratory is about 60 miles.  The walkers will use footpaths and minor roads following more or less the line of the M40 motorway.  They will pass through Wheatley, High Wycombe,Beaconsfield and Gerrards Cross before entering London from the North West.

The Brompton Oratory

Section 2, from the London Oratory to the Birmingham Oratory is about 150 miles and follows the Grand Union Canal for nearly the whole way.  The walkers will use the canal towpath.

The Birmingham Oratory

Section 3, from the Birmingham Oratory back to the Oxford Oratory is about 133 miles.  The walkers will be using footpaths and minor roads.  The route passes through Redditch, Shipston-on-Stour, Chipping Norton andWoodstock

Accommodation en-route

The walkers will mainly be camping in woods and fields along the route but may make use of well-placed youth hostels and B&Bs along the way.

The Walkers

The walkers are three young men who are regular Mass-goers at the Oratory.  They are Nicholas Griffiths and his brother William (Billy) and their good friend Ben Sivewright.  They value the Oratory very highly and want to make a positive contribution to its future.

The Schedule

The walk is planned to start on 21st July 2011 and it is thought will take about 18 days to complete, covering around 20 miles per day.  The walkers will aim to complete the walk more quickly if conditions allow, however they are going to World Youth Day in Spain in August and if the walk takes longer than planned they will complete it on their return

How to Sponsor the Walk

The walkers will have a stall in front of the church after some Sunday Masses where you can fill in the Sponsor Form.

Many people will know Nick, Bill and Ben and can approach them directly any time.

Nick, Bill and Ben can be contacted by phone on 01865 716412 or they can be contacted by e mail on

They can be contacted via the Facebook Page: Three Oratories Walk, or

Twitter @3OratoriesWalk

They can also be contacted through Julian Griffiths, on 01865 716412 or 07513 428 486

Sponsorship can be Gift-Aided by UK taxpayers simply by filling in the sponsor form and ticking a box

Thank you for your Support!

The Oxford Oratory,

25 Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6HA

The Oxford Oratory is a registered charity, number

Update: 5/7/11

I have just heard (via Twitter) that Ben has an injury sustained during a practice walk, so there will now be just two walkers. Please support them with your prayers, and if possible by sponsorship.


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1 Response to Three Oratories Walk – London, Oxford and Birmingham.

  1. kathleen says:

    Not such a daunting prospect as the Three Oratories Walk, or even the Chartres pilgrimage, but none the less a pretty challenging and inspiring pilgrimage is this one from Ely to Walsingham (England):
    It takes place over three days, 26th – 28th August 2011.


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