Bishop Paul has set out on theÂ 4th round of Prayer Walks today.
He started his walk in Gainford with a visit to Gainford primary school and along with some of the pupils, he visited a labyrinth on theÂ village green. Prior to setting off, a short Ascension day service was held on the banks of theÂ tees.
Bishop Paul then walked to Winston stopping off to visit a transport yard before attending a lunchÂ club in theÂ village hall. The afternoon had visits to a couple of visitsÂ to dairy farms to understand theÂ rural farming industry in Teesdale and then on to a blacksmith’s shop, upholsterers, a creamery.Â
Bishop Paul met up Charley Trevor at his tannery. Charley is a descendant of former Bishop of Durham, Bishop Trevor.Â
On day two, Bishop Paul visited the GauntlessÂ Valley above Barnard Castle marking his way from Lynesack to Butterknowle, on to Cockfield, Evenwood and ending in Staindrop.
During the second day the walking party visited two schools, an agricultural supplier, a Quarry, A fudge manufacturer and a brewery.
As well as walking through villages and across openÂ country. TheÂ second day also had theÂ party climb on to theÂ fells to see where coal mining once covered the landscape along with ancient settlements dating back to the bronzer age.