The General Strike of May 1926 had impacted on the planned northern route of the Pilgrimage. The original starting point should have been Edinburgh but this was postponed to a later date because of problems with transport arrangements. Therefore the northern route began instead in York on Saturday 29 May. Contingents from Leeds, Hull, Scarborough, Huddersfield and Thirsk joined the assembled throng in Exhibition Square. A procession then made its way to the Minster where it was blessed by the Dean. About 600 women then began their march, some intending to walk all the way to London.
Yorkshire Evening Post, 29 May 1926.