St Cuthbert’s Day pilgrimage
A historical pilgrimage walk will take place this weekend to coincide with the annual St Cuthbert’s Day celebrations.
The walk, from Finchdale Abbey to Durham Cathedral, will retrace the steps of the ‘Way of St James’, which was an important pilgrimage during the Middle Ages, and will take place on Saturday.
The pilgrimage leads to the shrine of St James in the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela.
Christians travelling from Northern Europe and Scandinavia would often arrive by sea and travel to Finchale Priory to learn from St Godric about the pilgrimage route.
The walk from Finchale Priory to Durham Cathedral would be, for many, the start of this holy pilgrimage walk.
This segment of the walk is recognised by the Xacobeo, the St James’ way authorities, as a recognisedportionof‘TheEnglish Way’; one of several routes by which pilgrims can reach Santiago de Compostela.
Durham County Council will be providing transport from County Hall to Finchale Abbey.