Welcome the European Ecumenical Pilgrimage to the North East this October!

First published on: 13th September 2021


Pilgrims journeying from Poland to Glasgow will arrive in Newcastle this October as part of their efforts in raising awareness of climate change. 

The pilgrims will be 59 days into their journey by the time they reach North Shields, and they plan to visit a number of regions on their way towards Glasgow.

German evangelical national churches, catholic dioceses and aid organisations have all rallied together to take part in the 1,450km course. They aim to call world leaders to take decisive action at COP26.

The pilgrims arrive in North Shields on 12 October to a welcome reception at St Cuthbert's Church, before walking along the coast through North Tyneside and onto Blyth, spending their first night at St Wilfrid's Church.

On 13 October they'll continue following the coast towards Cresswell, stopping at Newbiggin for lunch and staying overnight at Widdrington.

14 October will see an overnight trip to Alnmouth, stopping at Wildlife Visitor Centre at Hauxley, Amble and Warkworth.

This is followed by overnight stays in Seahouses on 15 October, stopping at Alnmouth Friary for a prayer service, Craster for lunch with Alnwick Churches, Newton by the sea and staying at St Paul's hostel.

They'll attend Holy Island on 16/17 October, stopping at Bamburgh, Belford and Fenwick on the 16th and resting on the 17th.

Their final day (18) will see a walk from Holy Island to Berwick, stopping at Goswick Golf Club for lunch and staying with Berwick Baptish Church.

They'll approach the border on 19 October, meeting with the Scottish Support Team from SCIAF and journeying towards Dunbar and Edinburgh.

The pilgrims would welcome the opportunity to interact with different church communities as they venture through Northumberland, and would love to engage in anything from tea and cake, people joining them for portions of the walk or even a prayer service for climate justice.

For more information on the pilgrimage you can visit their website 5th Ecumenical Pilgrimage for Climate Justice. You can also email their Pilgrim Organiser at chris.boeer@kircheundgesellschaft.de, or the support for the Northumberland portion of the walk at chrisj.myers57@gmail.com

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