Between 10am and 3:30pm on the first Saturday of every month we’re running a special online version of our monthly Faith Trail in real-time so you enjoy it even if we can’t do it in person at the moment!
At 10am people start to assemble at the top of Leeds Road and to introduce themselves to one another. There are people of all faiths and none, young and older, from Bradford and further afield…
The Bradford Faith Trail takes place on the first Saturday of the month between March and October and provides a wonderful opportunity for people to step inside five places of worship, discover something about the different faiths they represent and learn more about Bradford’s local communities, cultures and faith heritage. The Trail begins at St. Peter’s RC Church at the top of Leeds Road at 10.15am, works its way down Leeds Road stopping at the Abu Bakar Masjid, the Shree Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple and the Guru Gobind Singh Ji Gurdwara, where everybody enjoys a vegetarian lunch. It finishes around 3.30pm after a tour of Bradford Cathedral.
It has been running, in some form, for ten years and there is now a strong bond between the five places of worship on the Trail, a commitment to continuing the Faith Trail for many years to come and a resolve to make it more widely known. Most of the faith guides at the places of worship are volunteers and some of them have been involved since its inception.
The Faith Trail has grown both in numbers and in reputation over the last few years, attracting the attention of people from much further afield and some national organisations. As well as general members of the public, in 2018/19 we had: a group of Blue Badge guides; Justice and Peace groups from Settle; adults and young people from a Scout group; members of the council; a Deputy Lieutenant; leaders and young people from a local “Remembering Srebrenica” organisation; members of a local mosque.
Police support for the Faith Trail
We are really indebted to the work and support of James Elliott, our local West Yorkshire Police Faith Officer, who attends every Trail with trainee police officers and who also supports the work of the Faith Trail in any way he can. This is a strong and growing relationship with the police, as it is now their intention that the PCSOs will have to take part in a Faith Trail as part of their training, as well as the trainee police officers. You can read more from James Elliott at our 11:15am stop.
History of the Faith Trail
The predecessor of the Faith Trail was the “Treasures Revealed in West Yorkshire” project in 2010, which aimed to inspire and attract residents and visitors to experience and celebrate West Yorkshire’s vibrant faith heritage.
“Treasures Revealed” was described as a 3 year Heritage Lottery Fund backed project that aimed to celebrate, inspire and attract residents and visitors to experience West Yorkshire’s vibrant faith heritage.
The first Faith Trail took place in July 2010 and, as you can see, it has just kept on going!!