Bishop Paul with pupils from Gainford Primary School Celebrate the start of the Bishop's Prayer Walks 2018. (Picture: Keith Blundy)

Bishop Paul has set out on the 4th round of Prayer Walks today.

He started his walk in Gainford with a visit to Gainford primary school and along with some of the pupils, he visited a labyrinth on the village green. Prior to setting off, a short Ascension day service was held on the banks of the tees.

Bishop Paul then walked to Winston stopping off to visit a transport yard before attending a lunch club in the village hall. The afternoon had visits to a couple of visits to dairy farms to understand the rural farming industry in Teesdale and then on to a blacksmith’s shop, upholsterers, a creamery. 

Bishop Paul met up Charley Trevor at his tannery. Charley is a descendant of former Bishop of Durham, Bishop Trevor. 

On day two, Bishop Paul visited the Gauntless Valley above Barnard Castle marking his way from Lynesack to Butterknowle, on to Cockfield, Evenwood and ending in Staindrop.

During the second day the walking party visited two schools, an agricultural supplier, a Quarry, A fudge manufacturer and a brewery.

As well as walking through villages and across open country. The second day also had the party climb on to the fells to see where coal mining once covered the landscape along with ancient settlements dating back to the bronzer age.

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