St Cuth­bert’s Day pil­grim­age

Sunderland Echo - - News -

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.

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