Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Department for Spirituality

Prayer Walks around the Diocese – Prayer Walks and the Northern Saints

Kathryn Turner writes:

Praying while walking has a very long history in the North East. St. Bede tells us that St. Aidan would often walk along country lanes with his fellow–monks chanting psalms and sharing the gospel with those they met along the way. St. Aidan was so committed to walking that the King told him that, as Bishop, he really should have a horse and gave him one. This gesture of generosity backfired when Aidan came across a beggar and gave the horse to him and carried on walking!


Prayer Walks and the Northern Saints