Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Séamus Cunningham


Prayer Walks around the Diocese - Morpeth/Newminster

A short but very pleasant walk that takes you from St Robert of Newminster church, Morpeth, along the River Wansbeck and close to the site of Newminster Abbey where St Robert was the first Abbot and back through housing and a park to the church.

This walk is a simplified version of a “virtual pilgrimage” prepared for those unable to take the walk during the mini-pilgrimage. The full version of that (in PowerPoint) will be available shortly. It is certainly possible to follow that walk either by printing or saving to an i-pad – though it may take a little longer.

Please note: the Abbey is on private land and the site is now dangerous. The walk takes you alongside where the Abbey stood but it is no longer possible to visit it.

The starting point can be found on Google maps here:  
Parking near the church is limited. It is possible to park near the river across the bridge from the church or use one of the car-parks in town. Three hours should be more than enough time to do the walk and have a light meal/snack!

Ordnance Survey Maps: OS Landranger Map 81, OS Explorer Map 325

Little is known of St Robert’s life but it is known that he had a deep love of the Psalms and so our Walk includes snippets from several of them to pray along the way.


Walk details