A pilgrim will be hoping for a better view of his God - or one of his other heroes - and he will almost certainly also be hoping for a better view of himself, because of course you can't see much from the middle of a thicket.
So how do you spot a pilgrim?
Well, it used to be from the badges in his hat (they were the mediaeval equivalent of the got-the-T-shirt thing). Pilgrims also used traditionally to come with a staff and a broad flat hat.
Sant Jaume Pelegri
But it's always been quite acceptable to wear your own clothes:
Man of law from the Canterbury Tales
So in that case how can we spot a pilgrim?
Well, they often come in coach-loads, and their destination might be a cathedral or a concert or a jam factory or a mountain or a sports stadium or a museum. The essential thing is that the object of the journey is spiritual enlargement.
Spiritual enlargement...well, there's a challenge and an opportunity for us all.
In times gone past pilgrims sometimes used to put pebbles in their shoes as a mortification. You can certainly do that if you like.
But I'd recommend taking them out again before you set out.
Spot the Frippet: pilgrim. This word comes from the Provençal pelegrin, from the Latin peregrīnus, foreign, from per, through, plus ager, which means field or land.