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W e a r m o u t h - J a r r o w
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The 12-mile walk between Wearmouth and Jarrow represents an old pilgrims way between the two twin 7th century monasteries of Wearmouth-Jarrow.
Travel between the two places was either undertaken in a coracle by sea or on foot. The path follows riverside tracks and public footpaths over a scenic part-coastal route in the footsteps of the saints of Wearmouth-Jarrow.
Every year there is the Bede’s Way Annual Pilgrimage on a Saturday at the end of June nearest Petertide beginning and ending with a short pilgrims’ prayer service. After registration at 9.30 a.m. the walk lasts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and participants bring a packed lunch. We are fortunate to pass a few public houses en route where thirsts can be quenched during a short stop.
The Annual Pilgrimage, marks St. Peter and St. Paul’s day on 29th June – the saints to which the monastery is still dedicated.
The Bede’s Way walk is a signposted route which can be walked all year round. Participants will need to use public transport services or make private arrangements for transportation between sites before or after the walk.