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Gateshead Deanery virtual Camino

We're walking 1338 miles around the North East to combat food poverty in Gateshead; the distance from the Angel of the North to the Shrine of Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

2020 was to be the 'Year of Pilgrimage' in the Diocese of Durham, until Covid-19 struck. Gateshead Deanery was to make a pilgrimage from Chester-le-Street to Durham Cathedral at the end of June. Instead, people from our churches will walk (or ride, or run!) around the North East, adding our miles together to make up the 1338 miles to Santiago. We will end on Friday 4 September, almost 10 weeks later, the day on which the Church recalls the final journey of St Cuthbert, whose relics were enshrined in Durham on this day in the year 999.

We are aiming to raise £1 for every mile travelled - £1338.

Launch: Sunday 28 June

End: Friday 4 September

Distance: 1338 miles

How you can support us:

You can donate in any of the following ways:

- on our Just Giving page (, where you can see a running total.

- via bank transfer - please contact / 07450 507956 for details.

- cash donation - dropped off at any of the vicarages, if you know where they are; or contact Revd Alex using the details above, and he'll come and collect it.

Whatever you can give will be greatly appreciated. All funds raised will go towards fighting food poverty in Gateshead, supporting the work of our local charities and churches.

Keep in touch!

You can follow our progress on this blog, which will be updated weekly with an interactive map, and details about where we've walked and how far, and how much we've raised.

Information for walkers:

Anyone who goes for a walk, a run, or a ride - be it just your daily exercise, or a long trek - can add their miles to the Deanery total. Send your miles and where you went (with a selfie!) to Revd Alex at to be added to the total.

Prayers as you begin your walk

Bless to us, O God, the earth beneath our feet.

Bless to us, O God, the path whereon we go.

Bless to us, O God, the people whom we meet.

You may like to pray and contemplate the Jesus Prayer as you walk.

Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Fields near Blanchland

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