Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Séamus Cunningham


Prayer Walks around the Diocese - Cuddy's Corse

The uncorrupted body (Corse) of St Cuthbert was carried from Chester-le-Street to Durham Cathedral - this walk follows the journey.

The route of this Walk is traditionally followed by groups of pilgrims on 20 March – the Feast of St Cuthbert but can obviously be taken at any time of the year. Some parts are around fields and along woodland tracks so can be a bit muddy. It is well way-marked from the outskirts of the town – and fairly easy to follow before then.
The walk begins at St Cuthbert's Church in Chester-le-Street and ends at the Cathedral in Durham – or, perhaps more accurately, the bus station there! There is a car park directly opposite the church, and ample parking around the town. The walk is about 8 miles – allow around five hours with a stop at Finchale Priory. There are regular buses from Durham to Chester-Le-Street for the return trip.

The route is probably fairly accessible to those with buggies or wheelchairs at any point from Finchale Priory (about halfway) where it follows made-up roads and pathways – and certainly from the outskirts of Durham itself.


General details about the Cuddy’s Corse route can be found using the following links:

Northumbria Association: Cuddy's Corse

Walk details: CuddysCorse