What better way to celebrate this Holy Weekend than by walking? Walking is a spiritual activity that connects us with landscape and takes us out of ourselves to remind us of how small we are in the universe. You don’t have to be religious to do it and you don’t have to do a massive pilgrim trail. Just get your waterporoofs on and step out.
Here are a few of my favourite all-time walks in my favourite part of the world, the north-east heritage coast of England. But don’t tell everyone about it: keep it wild and secluded and just that bit out of the way.
Pilgrims Way to Holy Island, Lindisfarne. This is the mystical, ancient route, all 1500 years of it, across the sands at low tide. Follow the clearly marked route and don’t go at dusk or on a rising tide (quicksand). The way is covered by tides two times a day.
Walk or cycle the 12 miles of St Bede’s Way. The walk links the Anglo-Saxon monasteries of St Peters in Sunderland and St Pauls in Jarrow, Tyne and Wear.
St Cuthbert’s Way: walk 63 miles in the footsteps of Northumberland’s patron saint. Start with his life on Holy Island and end at Melrose Abbey. After that pick up the Borders Abbey Way at Melrose Abbey, a further circular 68 mile route linking the four medieval border abbeys of Kelso, Jedburgh, Dryburgh, Melrose.
Read more . . . St Cuthbert was born around 634 AD. He was a shepherd then a monk at Melrose. He was sent to Holy Island but later left to live on the Farne Isles as a hermit where it was said he talked to the birds. Later he was Bishop of Hexham (684AD). He died on his beloved Farne Islands.
Read more about heritage in the UK on the main website: link on the home page/entry one