A BISHOP pulled on his walking boots to join parishioners as they followed in a pilgrim’s footsteps.
The Right Reverend Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham, took part in a walk which aims to help combat poverty with a walk along the historic Bede Way in support of Christian Aid.
Bishop Paul, along with a large group of other supporters and the Revd Leo Osborn, chairman of Newcastle Methodist District, set out on the route between the Anglo-Saxon twin monastic sites of St Peter’s in Monkwearmouth and St Paul’s in Jarrow to raise money in the fight against global poverty.
Bishop Paul said: “I have always been an active supporter of Christian Aid, so when they asked me to take part in the Bede’s Way Sponsored Walk, I was delighted to accept.
“Over the last few years, I have been doing prayer walks. Taking part in the Christian Aid Bede’s Way Walk will be my own prayer walk and I am really looking forward to it.”
The 12-mile route follows the route between the two monasteries that the Venerable Bede once described as ‘one monastery in two places’ back in the seventh century.
Benedict Biscop, a Northumbrian noble, founded the monastery of St Peter in 674 and its twin house of St Paul was begun eight years later.