Lindisfarne clergy trip 2012

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The Revds Steve Rathbone and Ian Sparks on the Pilgrim's Causeway at LindisfarneA twelve-strong group of clergy from our diocese went on a walking pilgrimage along St Cuthbert's Way from Melrose in Scotland to Lindisfarne in Northumberland back in March. The pilgrims included the Archdeacon of Macclesfield, the Ven Ian Bishop, and his predecessor, the Ven Richard Gillings, who now lives an active retirement in Scotland. PICTURED are the Revds Steve Rathbone and Ian Sparks on the Pilgrim's Causeway at Lindisfarne.

Ian Bishop said: “It was a wonderful walk in the most glorious weather through some stunning scenery The walk was a great way of reflecting on the significance of Lent and walking across to Holy Island on Palm Sunday was particularly special.”

St Cuthbert developed Lindisfarne, the holy Island off the Northumberland coast, around the late 7th century. The 100-kilometre walk undertaken by the clergy follows the route believed to be the one traversed by Cuthbert following his calling to leave his abbey in Scotland and lead the Lindisfarne community. The walk was organised by the Revd Taffy Davies, Rural Dean of Macclesfield, who also took part.