Alkelda is patronal saint of just two churches, St Alkelda’s, Giggleswick and St Mary and St Alkelda’s, Middleham, some 33 miles apart across the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Alkelda reputedly came from Middleham in Wensleydale.
Recently, in Giggleswick, inspired by the discovery in a dusty pile in Giggleswick Parish room of a mysterious stained glass panel depicting St Alkelda’s martyrdom, and now installed in a church window, we have established a self-guided pilgrimage walk between the two churches. This follows ancient trackways through the National Park.
See the Guide Book, St Alkelda’s Way on sale in Settle and in the Yorkshire Dales National Park centres, and the web site St Alkelda’s Way. St Alkelda’s Way is one of the pilgrimage walks publicised on the British Pilgrimage Trust’s web site.