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Bellingham Leg - this route has been mothballed for the moment (see notes below) but you can still book a place on another Leg, click here for details
Exploring the beautiful county of Northumberland
[update; January 2017] Due to problems in securing a leadership team for this route in 2017, the Northern Cross Steering Committee meeting in late 2016 decided to mothball the Leg for the forthcoming year - Holy Week 2017. This was a hard decision taken after much consideration, but ultimately it was the most appropriate choice for the moment. We express sincere and grateful thanks to all the communities we have been a part of along the way, through all the variations of Newcastle, Hexham, Northumbrian and Bellingham Legs, and hope to return once again another year.
[The route as it was last walked in 2016 is described below]
The pilgrimage starts on the Saturday evening when we meet up in Bellingham, a friendly little town close to Kielder Water. Starting from there, we spend six days exploring the varied countryside of Northumberland. Our route takes in the Simonside hills with their spectacular views, the county town of Alnwick and its famous castle, the beautiful Heritage Coast, and the castles of Dunstanburgh and Bamburgh. We also pass near the lair of the Laidley Worm (watch out for dragons). The highlight of our tour is our destination, the lovely island of Lindisfarne, where we join with other Northern Cross pilgrims for the spectacular Pilgrims’ Crossing on Good Friday morning.
This leg is a day shorter than other Northern Cross legs, though that doesn’t mean easier – most days are 16-18 miles and terrain can be difficult. We arrange transport from the train station at Hexham to Bellingham so that we can all meet together for a meal on Saturday evening when the pilgrimage starts. On Sunday morning we join the Catholic parishioners of Bellingham for their Palm Sunday procession and mass, before setting off on the first day of our pilgrimage – some gentle walking to the village of Kirkwhelpington, where the villagers give us a warm welcome...Click to read more >>>