Rosemary Butler, Revd Eileen Harrop - Vicar St Mary's Gainford, Bishop Paul Butler & David Pott set off from St Mary's Well on the Way of Life Northern Saints Trail.

Updates:

4/05/21: Way of Love

Bishop Paul will set out on the second inaugural pilgrimage on Friday 7th May.

The Way of Love from Hartlepool to Durham – full details and updates below.

Inaugural Pilgrimages Update April 2021.pdf

Time Tables

Details for registering for the Inaugural Pilgrimages

With the rule of 30 due to commence on Monday May 17th, it will be possible for people to join the pilgrimages on the following 6 days in May: 17,18, 20, 21, 22 & 23. With a core team of 6 walk-on the whole route, this means there will be spaces for a maximum of 24 other people. Please state whether you hope to come for a whole or a half day.

Before you register, please be aware of the following:

  • Please bring your own provisions with you and arrange your own transport.
  • Timings are approximate, but we will need to endeavour to keep to our schedule to fulfil our commitments, so be aware of places where you could be picked up if you are not able to keep up.
  • Please be aware that there will be stretches where toilet opportunities will be limited!
  • If you come on May 18th, when Songs of Praise plan to be with us, we can only accept those who are willing to be filmed. Consent forms will be sent to you.

If you wish to register please email David Pott on [email protected] stating when you want to walk. Please register by Monday, May 10th for May 17th & 18th and by Friday, May 14th for May 20th to 23rd.

As we look forward to the pilgrimages, I will close with an Irish blessing which we use before we set off each day:

May God make safe for us each step May God make us one on our journey May God make clear the path ahead And may He take us in the clasp of his own two hands.


ORIGINAL POST

It’s second-time lucky as the Bishop of Durham embarks on walking four of the six Northern Saints Trails with an inaugural pilgrimage service on Palm Sunday in Gainford 28th March 2021. Originally scheduled to happen in 2020, COVID hit, postponing the plans for the Bishop of Durham to walk the inaugural Northern Saints Trails.

Bishop Paul will lead inaugural pilgrimages along The Way of Life, The Way of Love, The Way of Learning and The Way of Light which all lead to the shrine of St Cuthbert at Durham Cathedral. The first commencing on Monday 29th March at 9.30am from Gainford with only Bishop Paul & Wife Rosemary along with David Pott, the Pilgrimage route coordinator walking the route. Along the way, they will be joined by a maximum of 3 other people keeping to a strict COVID secure format.

Two other routes, The Angel’s Way and The Way of the Sea provide links to give pilgrims continuous pilgrimage routes between Lindisfarne and Durham.

The fact that the individual routes are all called ‘ways’ has a particular resonance for Christians because in earlier times the Christian Faith was referred to as ‘The Way’.

Bishop Paul reflected on his own experiences of his annual Prayer Walks around the diocese and the opportunity the four Northern Saints Trails offer. He said: “I think the big thing is it encourages people to take a bit of time-out. To walk, to discover things about themselves, about other people, about Communities but above all about God.

So for me, walking these routes is a means by which people have an opportunity to spend some time discovering the living God as they discover themselves and the people around them. One of the things I love about the new routes is that they are short enough for a large number of people to do them. We’re also going to work on ways of sharing in those walks even if you can’t do them – that’s the next stage for us.

A  ‘soft launch’ of the trails took place in July 2020, encouraging mostly local walkers to start using the trails and since then the website www.northernsaints.com has been attracting a good number of visitors. Other preparations are being made prior to a full launch taking place later in the year whenever it is deemed to be safe to do so.

TIME TABLES

The Way of Life Pilgrimage

Gainford green – 3 pm on Sunday 28th March (Palm Sunday) for an Innaugral Pilgrimmage Service which will be live-streamed on Facebook. www.facebook.com/durhamdiocese

The walk formally starts on the 29th  – concluding 30th.

Monday 29 March

Time Places  Miles Visits
09:30 Gainford   Starting at St Mary’s Well DL2 3DS
11:00 Ingleton 3 St John the Evangelist DL2 3HL
13:00 West Auckland 7.3 Manor Stables DL14 9JX
15:15 Escomb 12 Escomb Church DL14 7SY
16:45 Bishop Auckland 13.5 Staying in our homes

 

Tuesday 30 March

Time Places Miles Visits
09:30 Bishop Auckland   Starting at St Anne’s Church DL14 7NJ
11:00 Byers Green 5 St Peter’s Church DL16 7NL
12:00 Whitworth 6 Whitworth Church DL16 7QX
13:15 Tudhoe 8 St David’s Church DL16 6LL
14:45 Sunderland Bridge 10 St Bartholomew’s Church DH6 5JS
16:15 Durham 13.5  St Oswald’s Church DH1 3DQ
17:00 Durham 14 Finish at cathedral

 

Image gallery – Way of Life

The Way of Life

 

The Way of Love Pilgrimage – May 7-8th Hartlepool to Durham
This will also be undertaken in just two days, taking place on May 7th and 8th. To comply with restrictions, Bishop Paul and his wife will be camping in St Mary Magdalene Church in Trimdon. This will be the first case of pilgrims camping overnight in churches on The Northern Saints Trails and a number of other churches will be offering this special service to pilgrims.

Friday 7 May

Timings    Places                                      Miles    Visits & Contacts
09:15 Hartlepool (depart 09:25)   Start at St Hilda’s Church TS24 0PW
11:45 Hart (depart 12:15) 5.5 Visit St Mary Magdalene Church TS27 3BU
13:45 Hesleden (depart 14:15) 9 Visit Hesleden Primary School TS27 4PS
15:45 Wingate (depart 16:00) 12 Holy Trinity Wingate TS28 5AN
17:30 Trimdon 15 St Mary Magdalene Church TS29 6PG

 

Saturday 8 May

Timings    Places                                       Miles    Visits & Contacts
09:00 Trimdon (depart 09:15)   Start at St Mary Magdalene Church TS29 6PG
09:35 Trimdon Grange (depart 09:50) 0.5 St Alban’s Church TS29 6HB
12:00 Kelloe (depart 12:45) 5 St Helen’s Church DH6 4PT
13:45 Cassop 7 Brief stop at Post Office DH6 4RG
15:45 Durham (depart 16:15) 11 Visit Old Durham Gardens DH1 2RY
16:45 Durham 12 Arrive at the cathedral for Evensong

 

Image gallery – The Way of Love

The Way of Love

 

The Way of Learning Pilgrimage – May 16-18 Jarrow to Durham

Sunday 16 May

Timings

Places 

Mileage

Events

09:00

Jarrow (depart 9:40)

 

Service at St Paul’s Church NE32 3DY

11:00

Scotch Estate (depart 11:20)

3

St John the Baptist Church, Nairn St NE32 4HY

13:15

Cleadon (depart 14:00)

7

Picnic on Cleadon Hill? GR 389 632

14:45

Whitburn (depart 15:00)

8.5

Whitburn Parish Church SR6 7JF

16:00

Roker (depart 16:30)

11

Visit St Andrew’s Church SR6 9PT

17:15

Monkwearmouth

12.5

Arrive at St Peter’s Church SR6 0DY

 

Monday 17 May

Timings

Places

Mileage

Events

09:00

Monkwearmouth (depart 09:40)

 

Service at St Peter’s Church SR6 0DY

11:30

South Hilton (depart 11:40)

4

South Hilton Independent Methodist Church SR4 0PE

13:00

Penshaw (depart 13:30)

6.5

Picnic at Penshaw Monument GR 334 543

14:45

Newbottle (depart 15:00)

9

St Matthew’s Church DH4 4EP

15:45

Houghton-le-Spring (depart 16:15)

10.5

St Michael & All Angels Church DH4 4DN

17:00

Chilton Moor

12

St Andrew’s Church DH4 5NT

 

Tuesday 18 May

Timings

Places

Mileage

Events

08:30

Chilton Moor (depart 08:40)

 

Start at St Andrew’s Church DH4 5NT

09:30

Fencehouses (depart 09:45)

2

Floater’s Mill DH4 6BQ

11:45

Chester-le-Street (depart 12:00)

5

St Mary & St Cuthbert’s Church DH3 3QB

12:10

Chester-le-Street (depart 12:50)

 

Lunch @ REfUSE Cafe 143 Front St DH3 3AU

14:30

Finchale (depart 15:00)

8.5

Finchale Priory DH1 5SH 

16:45

Durham

12

Finish at the cathedral

 

Image gallery – The Way of Learning

The Way of Learning

 

The Way of Light Pilgrimage – May 20-23rd Heavenfield/Hexham to Durham.

Thursday 20 May

Timings

Places 

Mileage

Events

08:00

Heavenfield (depart 08:15)

 

Start at St Oswald’s Church NE46 4EY

09:15

Acomb (depart 09:25)

2.5

St John Lee

10:15

Hexham (depart 11:15)

4.5

Brunch at Hexham Abbey NE46 3NB

13:15

Whitley Chapel (depart 13:45)

8.5

Picnic at St Helen’s Church? NE47 0HD

18:00

Blanchland

16.5

Arrive at Blanchland Abbey DH8 9SP

 

Friday 21 May

Timings

Places

Miles

Events

10:00

Blanchland (depart 10:15)

 

Start at Blanchland Abbey DH8 9SP

12:45

Edmundbyers (depart 13:30)

5

Lunch at St Edmunds Church DH8 9NQ

14:30

Muggleswick (depart 14:45)

7

All Saints Muggleswick DH8 9DW

16:30

Castleside

10

Arrive St John the Evangelist Castleside DH8 9QW

 

Saturday 22 May

Timings

Places

Miles

Events

09:30

Castleside (depart 09:45)

 

Start at St John the Evangelist Castleside DH8 9QW

11:00

East Knitsley (depart 11:30)

3

Knitsley Farm Shop DH8 9EW

13:00

Lanchester (depart 13:45)

6

Lunch at All Saints Lanchester DH7 0LJ

15:45

Esh

11

Brief stop at St Cuthbert’s Cross

16:15

Ushaw (depart 16:45)

12.5

 

18:00

Witton Gilbert 

14

Arrive at St Michael & All Angels Church DH7 6SX

 

Sunday 23 May

Timings

Places

Miles

Events

14:00

Witton Gilbert 

 

Start at St Michael & All Angels Church DH7 6SX

14:45

Beaurepaire (depart 15:15)

1.5

Visit Beaurepaire Priory

16:45

Durham

4.5

Arrive at Durham Cathedral

17:00

Durham

 

Outdoor service on College Green

 

Pictures from the Way of Light

The Way of Light

 

Inaugural Service Live Stream

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Pilrimage 2021

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