Saturday 9th February 2019

Holy Places Visited

  • Waddington Street United Reformed Church (exterior), Durham
  • Chapel of the Durham Presbyterian Church (exterior), Durham
  • The Cathedral Church of Christ, the Blessed Mary the Virgin and St. Cuthbert of Durham
  • The Parish Church of St. Mary the Virgin (exterior), Shincliffe

Distance Travelled

Approximately 5½ km (3½ miles)


The early morning rain again gave way to blue skies as I passed through Durham and back to the Cathedral via Prebends Bridge, catching a beautiful rainbow as I crossed the River Wear.

St. Bede the Venerable is also buried at Durham Cathedral (~672-735 AD). Bædæ, as his name is inscribed here, was a Benedictine monk and polymath, who’s most famous work was the Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum, which included details of the life of St. Cuthbert and Anglo-Saxon Christianity. As well as teaching, translating and producing scientific works, he is considered one of the most important historians of the Early Middle Ages.

After praying in the Cathedral I headed south-east to the picturesque village of Shincliffe.