• Breeders of english roses
  • Winners of 21 chelsea flower show gold medals
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The Pilgrim

English Rose - bred by David Austin

Climbing Rose

Large, perfectly formed, soft yellow rosettes produced freely. Delicious mixed fragrance of tea rose and myrrh. Very healthy and reliable with attractive, bushy growth.
  • Repeat Flowering
  • Highly Fragrant
  • Ideal for shade
  • Highly Recommended by David Austin Roses
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Bred by David Austin
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Delivery information

Standard delivery 3-5 working days £5.95

Next or nominated working day £7.95

Saturday delivery £20.00

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We offer a 12 month guarantee

We aim to supply roses of the highest quality. However, with living plants problems occasionally arise. If any roses are damaged on receipt, or if they fail to grow in the first 12 months, we will replace them free of charge. For more details about our guarantee, please contact our customer service team on 01902 376300.

Buying options

Autumn-Spring Planting

Bare Root Rose
  • Availability: Pre-order Now
  • Delivery: November 2015
  • Buy 3+ for £14.95 each

All Year Planting

Potted Rose
  • Availability: Order Now
  • Delivery: Order by 2pm today to receive by Mon 30 November
  • Buy 3+ for £19.30 each
* The photograph above is an approximate representation of how your rose will arrive if ordered today

Rose characteristics

  • Rose Type English Rose - bred by David Austin
  • Growth Type Climbing Rose
  • Sub Type English Musk Hybrid
  • Colour Soft yellow
  • Fragrance Strength Strong Fragrance
  • Flowering Repeat Flowering
  • Disease Resistance Good
  • Height 12ft
  • Breeder David Austin
  • Year of Introduction 1991
  • Appellation AUSWALKER
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Looking for help?

At David Austin Roses we’re committed to helping you through every stage of growing roses – from selecting the right variety to giving your rose the care it needs to thrive. If you’re ready to buy or need more help, talk to one of our friendly rose experts. 

Roses are easy to care for

  • Water until well established
  • Prune once in the winter
  • Feed twice, once in spring and once in summer

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you’ll find answers to the questions we’ve been asked many times in the past. If your question isn’t covered visit our dedicated FAQ’s page or contact one of our helpful rose experts.

What is the difference between a climber and a rambler?

Climbers generally have large blooms on not too vigorous, rather stiff growth and most repeat flower. Ramblers are in general, much more vigorous. They will produce great quantities of small flowers, although most do not repeat flower. There are exceptions to both these rules: for instance Malvern Hills and Snow Goose are repeat-flowering ramblers whereas Cecile Brunner Climbing is a once flowering climber with small flowers.

Most climbers are best for walls, trellises, arches, obelisks whereas ramblers are generally better for growing into trees and covering pergolas or large structures such as garages or sheds.

What’s the difference between a potted and a bare root rose? Which is best?

When ordering from us you have the choice of buying our roses as bare roots or in pots. Neither option is superior, it is simply a matter of personal choice. Whichever option you choose, your roses are guaranteed to bloom next summer – and for many summers to come.

Please note: ramblers, once flowering Old Roses and species roses all flower on mature wood and therefore may not flower in the first year after planting.


Availability period: November – May

Bare root roses are dormant plants, dug up from the field and shipped without soil. They are the ideal choice if you’re purchasing a large number of roses, as they are very lightweight and are therefore easier to handle in the garden.


Availability period: All Year

Potted roses are the very same roses as bare root roses. After each rose is dug up from the field, it is planted into a 6 litre pot, with our specially formulated planting mix. They are ideal for adding instant colour to the garden during the summer months, as well as making thoughtful gifts throughout the year.

Which roses can I grow in shade?

Please click here to see a list of roses that are ideal for growing in shade.

Which are the most fragrant roses?

Please click here to see a list of our most fragrant roses.

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Detailed Description

‘The Pilgrim’ has some of the most perfectly formed blooms. The buds open to reveal many petalled cups, which eventually open out to form quite large, evenly shaped, flat rosettes. The colour is a very attractive shade of yellow, the petals paling slightly towards the edges, giving a softness of colour that is very rare among yellow roses. The flowers are produced freely and repeat well. They have a fine fragrance, which is a perfect balance of tea and English myrrh. Its delicate charm makes it ideal for cutting for arrangements in the home.

Growth Habit

It is one of the best English Rose climbers. A very healthy variety, it will quickly reach some height and still produce flowers and leaves lower down the plant. It looks wonderful when clothing a pillar and will grow even taller if trained against a wall.

Origins of the name

Named after the pilgrims in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.

A Lifetime of Breeding Excellence

A Lifetime of Breeding Excellence

In the early 1950s David Austin set out to create a more beautiful rose. Sixty years on, this simple objective remains.

From a hobby breeder as a young teenager David Austin has gone on to breed a collection of roses renowned across the world.

  • Graham Thomas

    Graham Thomas

    English Rose - bred by David Austin
    Climbing Rose


  • Crown Princess Margareta

    Crown Princess Margareta

    English Rose - bred by David Austin
    Climbing Rose


  • Teasing Georgia

    Teasing Georgia

    English Rose - bred by David Austin
    Climbing Rose


  • Wollerton Old Hall

    Wollerton Old Hall

    English Rose - bred by David Austin
    Climbing Rose