Sunday, September 4, 2011

St Cuthbert's Festival

We were lucky that the weather yesterday wasn't too hot for walking. The rain held off all morning and we had the barbecue at St Cuthbert's Corsenside in the dry, though the breeze which had refreshed the walkers was less popular with the barbecuers.  After we had been revived by lunch provided by non-walkers, we gathered inside the thousand-year-old St Cuthbert's to remember more stories of our patron saint, to add our stones to the prayer cairn at the foot of the cross and to bring to this church without elecricity or water some spring water from St Cuthbert's Well ("Cuddy's Well" in Bellingham).  Three of the humans and two of the dogs continued with the second leg of the trail, striding onwards to Bellingham with five more people joining us.  After good views of the Rede valley from the crag  (where we recalled the story of St Cuthbert's vision whilst he was watching over the sheep in the Border hills), we dropped down to the disused railway line for some level but soggy walking.

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