“I can’t say just when the idea came to me that someday I would like to take a long walk….”

All the Good Pilgrims book by Robert Ward

Welcome to the website of Robert Ward, author and pilgrim.

Robert is the author of Virgin Trails, an agnostic’s guide to the legends and worship of the Virgin Mary; and All the Good Pilgrims, a lighthearted account of his several walks on the Camino de Santiago pilgrim road.

On the site, you’ll find information about Robert’s books, including photos, excerpts, and recordings, plus information about the Camino.

Buy All the Good Pilgrims at Amazon
Buy Virgin Trails: A Secular Pilgrimage at Amazon


Book: Virgin Trails by Robert Ward

Update: July 2021

Sunday, July 25th is Saint James’ Day! I will be marking it with an online talk for Toronto Oasis, a meetup group for the secular community. My topic will be: “The Camino de Santiago, then and now.” 

The meeting starts at 11, but you can join from 10:45. I will be speaking from around 11:30. After the talk, there will be an open question-and-answer. For the link to the event, RSVP Meetup at: https://www.meetup.com/Toronto-Oasis/events/bhgwksycckbhc/             Hope to see you there!


Read Robert’s travel essay “Rhythms of the Camino.”

Hear him read aloud from Virgin Trails and All the Good Pilgrims.

My first Camino was over in 37 days, but when I got home I found it wasn’t over at all. I was still walking it every day. I had brought back a bagful of souvenirs – faces, questions, laughter, places, clouds, vastnesses, lessons half learned… 

Robert Ward at the Stone Boat

Robert outside The Stone Boat, a pilgrim haven in the village of Rabanal del Camino on the Camino de Santiago. (photo: Kim Narenkivicius)

About the Camino de Santiago

“Why do people walk the Camino today?

To know what it means to walk such a great distance. To be part of an ancient tradition. To escape the stress of modern life and slow down time…”

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