‘Beating the Bounds’ – a circumambulation of the Parish

Rogation days (from the Latin rogare ‘to ask, pray or beseech’) are the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday running up to the Thursday of Ascension Day.  During these days, ancient custom was to walk the boundary of the Parish in procession, singing hymns and praying for blessing on its people and lands. Read More

We plan to walk the, approximately, 8-mile circuit of the Parish of St Robert of Knaresborough, Pannal on Bank Holiday Monday, May 27th, which is a Rogation Day.  We will meet in St Robert’s car park for a 10.30am start and will be back by around 4.00pm.  Appropriate points will be identified at which the walk may be joined or left, and where we will stop for lunch.  More details of what should be a lovely family day out will be available shortly, including a final map…..so put the date in your diaries and watch this space.

In the meantime click here to see the Parish boundary; we will be modifying the route a bit to bypass short impassible stretches or dangerous road crossings etc.

For an amusing account of ‘beating the bounds’ in earlier years and in a different part of the country click on this link